China's national legislature, the Standing Committee of the
National People's Congress (NPC), on Friday voted to ratify an
extradition treaty with Angola.
The 22-article treaty covers issues such as the types of
criminal suspects that can and should be extradited and exemption
clauses, the procedures and costs of extradition, and the
settlement of disputes, among others.
The treaty was signed in Angolan capital Luanda in June
Lawmakers discussed the treaty at the 27th session of the NPC
Standing Committee held in Beijing from April 24 to 27.
Vice Foreign Minister Wu Dawei said that Angola attaches great
importance to judicial cooperation with China. In 2005 it proposed
an extradition treaty.
"Ratification of the treaty will help cement bilateral ties, and
also contribute to a framework for bilateral judicial cooperation,"
Wu told Chinese lawmakers.
China forged diplomatic relations with Angola in January 1983.
Angola has since become a strategic partner for China and also the
country's top trading partner in Africa. Bilateral cooperation in
trade, military, cultural and educational sectors has boomed in
Since 1993, China has signed extradition treaties with more than
20 countries, including Spain, Thailand, Laos, Belarus and South
(Xinhua News Agency April 28, 2007)