Mozambican minister of foreign affairs confident in the development of relations with China

17 August 2006

Beijing, China, 17 Aug – Alcinda Abreu, the Mozambican minister of foreign affairs, said Wednesday she is confident in strengthening ties with China in terms of rural development and infrastructures, after a meeting in Beijing with Chinese counterpart Li Zhaoxing.

Chinese news agency Xinhua reported Li manifested his country’s interest in strengthening ties at the highest level, as well as expanding economic and commercial cooperation between the two countries.

According to sources from the Mozambican embassy, Alcinda Abreu arrived Tuesday night in Beijing and plans to stay in China until August 20, after which she plans to return to Maputo. In China, she plans to visit the province of Sichuan, in the southwest, Xangai and Hong Kong.

Mozambique is considered one of the poorest countries in the world, and according to United Nations, 69.4 percent of its population live under the poverty line, with 38 percent living on less than one dollar per day.

In Africa, China has strong investments in the Mozambican construction sector, such as the largest conference center in the country, named after Joaquim Chissano, the former president of Mozambique.
Mozambique is one of the countries that will take part in September in the Forum for Economic Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries, also known as the Macau Forum, launched in 2003 to promote economic and commercial cooperation. (macauhub)