President of Angola in Beijing to review partnership with China

8 June 2015

The visit of the Angolan President to China will make it possible to adjust plans and government programs based on the current economic and financial situation and review the existing partnership, said Sunday in Luanda the secretary of State for Foreign Affairs.

Manuel Augusto, who was speaking after the departure of José Eduardo dos Santos to China, said that this visit was very important “given the ties between Angola and China and particularly the development partnership that exists between the two countries.”

The President’s delegation includes the Minister of State and Presidential Chief of Staff, Edeltrudes Coast and the ministers of Foreign Affairs, Georges Chikoti, Transport, Augusto Tomás, Trade, Rosa Pacavira and Energy and Water, João Baptista Borges.

The official programme of the visit, which will begin with a welcome ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in central Beijing on Tuesday, includes a journey in a high-speed train to Tianjin, the largest port in northern China, about 120 kilometres from Beijing.

José Eduardo dos Santos last visited China in December 2008, four months after attending the opening ceremony of the Beijing Olympic Games.

Xi Jinping was welcomed in Luanda in 2010, when he was vice president of China, and Prime Minister Li Keqiang, was in Angola in 2014.

China accounts for about half of the oil exported by Angola in exchange for financing to Chinese companies involved in national reconstruction, including roads, railways and housing.

The amount of loans and credit lines granted by China to Angola since 2004, through various state banks, totals around US$15 billion, according to Chinese figures. (macauhub/AO/CN)