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Chinese President Hu Jintao put forward four proposals for improving ties with Central Africa when meeting with his counterpart Francois Bozize Yangouvonda Thursday.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (L) inspects the honor guards with visiting President of Central Africa Francois Bozize Yangouvonda outside the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 10, 2009.[Xinhua] 

"China attaches great importance to the friendship with Central Africa, and we are willing to work with Central Africa to create a new era for our bilateral ties." Hu stressed.

Hu made four proposals for the enhancement of bilateral ties during the meeting.

First, Hu said, the two countries should cement the political foundation of bilateral ties and strengthen communication and coordination on major issues and important affairs.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (3rd L) meets with President of Central Africa Francois Bozize Yangouvonda (3rd R) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Sept. 10, 2009.[Xinhua] 

In his second proposal, Hu urged the two sides to expand economic and trade cooperation. China is willing to strengthen economic, trade and technical cooperation with Central Africa to benefit both sides and develop jointly, Hu said.

Hu stressed personnel and cultural exchanges and cooperation in his third proposal, urging the two countries to make favorable efforts and build platforms for expanding cultural, educational, sanitary, media and non-governmental exchanges, so as to deepen mutual understanding and develop friendship.

He at last proposed the two countries strengthen coordination in multilateral affairs. China is ready to maintain consultation and coordination with Central Africa under the framework of the United Nations and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation on global issues, so as to jointly safeguard the developing countries' interests, Hu said.

"China and Central Africa are friends as well as friendly and cooperative partners," Hu said, adding that it has been the Chinese government's persistent policy to develop long-term, stable, friendly and cooperative relations with Central Africa on the basis of sincerity, equality and mutual benefit.

Bozize, who arrived in Beijing Wednesday for a week-long state visit to China, said he fully agrees with Hu's notion.

Bozize will also visit southwest China's Yunnan Province and southern Guangdong Province.

(Xinhua News Agency September 11, 2009)

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