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8-Nation Africa Tour, 8 Cooperation Measures
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Eight African countries will form President Hu Jintao's first visit abroad in 2007, following up the China-Africa Beijing Summit in November last year.


Hu will aim to implement the agreements reached during the Beijing summit, including eight measures benefiting African countries, said Assistant Foreign Minister Zhai Jun on Wednesday.


During his tour, Hu will engage in exchange activities relating to the cultural, economic, trade and public health fields, Zhai said.


Hu will attend three inaugural ceremonies, namely the China-Liberia Malaria Prevention Center, the China-Zambia economic cooperation region and a pilot program for agricultural technology in Mozambique.


"Through these activities, we fulfill our commitments in providing aid and investment to Africa," he added. "The forthcoming visits are significant in promoting friendly cooperation between China and Africa and cementing friendship with Africa."


Zhai further announced China and Sudan would sign a series of deals during Hu's visit to the African country.


"During the visit, Hu and Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir are to exchange views on the Darfur issue," Zhai said. "The visit will not only help boost China-Sudan relations, but also benefit peace and stability in the Darfur region."


Starting from January 30, Hu will visit Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and the Seychelles, the Foreign Ministry announced Tuesday.


(Xinhua News Agency January 25, 2007)

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