Author: He Yan
Posted on: CGTN | May 12th, 2017
Chinese President Xi Jinping on Friday called to enhance the relationship between China and Ethiopia to a comprehensive strategic cooperation partnership.
Xi made the remarks when meeting with Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation scheduled for May 14 to 15.
He urged stronger cooperation in the fields of interoperability and production capacity, and called for the safe, orderly and effective promotion of bilateral economic and trade cooperation.
Xi pointed out that Ethiopia is an important and influential country in Africa, and is also a geographic extension of the Maritime Silk Road. China welcomes Ethiopia to join the Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank, and supports Ethiopia to play a role as a bridge connecting the Belt and Road Initiative and Africa.
Xi said China is willing to work with Ethiopia to implement the outcome of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, and to promote the Belt and Road Initiative, deepen bilateral cooperation comprehensively and promote mutual development.
Desalegn said both countries have achieved further cooperation in the fields of trade, investment, production capacity, infrastructure construction, and Ethiopia is willing to implement the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to deepen bilateral cooperation.
He also said the Belt and Road Initiative is a visionary and global initiative, and would help to promote interoperability, trade and investment, while adding that Ethiopia will actively participate in the Initiative and cooperate with China.