China pledges to work with Sudan to expand co-op in all fields Wednesday, July 15, 2009

China would work with Sudan to push forward friendly cooperation in various sectors, said a senior official with the Communist Party of China (CPC) in Beijing on Wednesday.

"We will give active consideration to Sudan's suggestion on increasing bilateral cooperation in agriculture, energy and other areas," Zhou Yongkang, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, told Sudanese Defense Minister Abdel Rahim Mohamed Hussein.

"We will offer support and help to Sudan within our capacity," Zhou said.

China had always paid great attention to the cooperation with Sudan in politics, economy and military affairs since the two nations forged diplomatic ties 50 years ago, Zhou said, noting that he was delighted to see the progress made by Sudan in economic development and social stability.

Zhou expressed appreciation to Sudan's support in issues concerning Taiwan and human rights.

Echoing Zhou, Hussein applauded China's contribution to Sudan's economic growth.

The defense minister also exchanged views with Zhou on the July5 riot in Urumqi, capital of northwest China's Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, saying that Sudan firmly supports the Chinese government's measures to deal with the incident.

Zhou, who had just concluded his visit to the region, briefed the guests on the related situation of the deadly riot, which left at least 184 dead and more than 1,000 injured.

"Such violent crimes are not allowed by any country with a legal system," Zhou said.

"Upholding the banner of stability, the socialist legal system, the people's fundamental interests and ethnic unity, we are properly handling the incident according to law in a tense and orderly way," Zhou said.

The defense minister arrived in Beijing on Sunday for an official goodwill visit. Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie had hold talks with him on Monday.

China and Sudan established diplomatic ties on Feb. 4, 1959. The two countries had conducted sound economic cooperation, with bilateral trade standing at 8.2 billion U.S. dollars in 2008.  

Editor: An Lu
Source: Xinhua