Beijing, September 19th—Li Jun, Vice-minister of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee met here today with the study group of scholars and journalists from South Africa, Ethiopia and Tanzania. The delegation was headed by former Ethiopian Ambassador to China Hailekiros Gesseesse.
Li noted that in recent years, China-Africa comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership has been constantly deepened with increasingly intensified social, people-to-people and cultural exchanges. Adhering to the principle of openness and inclusiveness, the CPC hopes that scholars of African think tanks and journalists could give play to respective advantages, and make new contributions to enhancing mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and African people. Li also introduced upon enquiry the 19th CPC National Congress’s significance to China’s future development.
The foreign side expressed that the successful experience China has gained in poverty reduction, environmental protection, innovation in transformation development and other fields provides precious references for African countries. The three countries stand ready to play their roles as bridges and bonds to promote mutual understanding and mutually beneficial cooperation.