Presidents of Angola and China call to strengthen bilateral cooperation

4 December 2015

Angola and China should consolidate and deepen the existing bilateral strategic partnership for mutual benefit, Angolan President José Eduardo dos Santos and Chinese President Xi Jinping said Thursday in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Xi noted that bilateral relations are “at their highest level ever” and gave assurances that China intended to continue to work with Angola to support the country’s development, particularly in the industrial, financial and infrastructure construction sectors.

Cited by Chinese state news agency Xinhua, China’s president called for increased exchanges in areas such as education, culture, healthcare, media, youth, tourism and human resources.

The two leaders, who met in Johannesburg on the sidelines of the Summit of Heads of State and Government of the China/Africa Cooperation Forum taking place Friday and Saturday, seized the moment to review some international issues, particularly those related to the Great Lakes region in central Africa.

President Jose Eduardo dos Santos, after referring to his state visit to china earlier this year in which “important consensus” was reached, mentioned some economic sectors in which Angola is interested in Chinese cooperation, including the oil industry, conservation of water resources and food processing, as well as the financial sector.

The Chinese ambassador to Angola, Cui Aimin, said Monday there were ongoing meetings between technical groups of the two countries for development of monetary agreements, reciprocal protection of investments and introduction of visa facilities. (macauhub/AO/CN)