Xi visits Tanzania

DAR ES SALAAM
Added On March 25, 2013

The heads of state of China and Tanzania have agreed to build a comprehensive cooperative partnership.

Chinese President Xi Jinping is in the East African country on a state visit, the second leg of his foreign tour as president, after a stop in Russia.

President Xi arrived in Tanzania on Sunday and was warmly received at the airport by his Tanzanian counterpart, Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.

Afterwards, the two leaders held talks and signed several cooperation deals.

During the meeting, Xi called the East African country an 'old friend' and a strong ally.

Xi stressed that China is ready to work with Tanzania on a broad cooperative partnership leading to win-win results.

The president said China's willing to continue supporting Tanzania's socioeconomic development and will encourage more Chinese enterprises to invest there.

Kikwete thanked China for its long-term assistance to his country.

He promised Tanzania will continue to firmly back China on major issues concerning national sovereignty, territorial integrity and economic development.

Since China and Tanzania established diplomatic ties in the 1960s, the two countries have maintained close contact and cooperated on a wide range of areas.

China has become Tanzania's largest trading partner and second largest source of investment. Bilateral trade reached over 2 billion U.S. dollars last year.

After Tanzania, the Chinese president will travel to South Africa, where he will attend the fifth BRICS summit in the port city of Durban on March 26 and 27.