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Premier Li: China seeks to help Namibia grow

Zhang Yue
Updated: Mar 31,2018 7:35 AM     China Daily

China is ready to synergize cooperation with Namibia with that country’s development strategy and jointly facilitate economic globalization and trade liberalization, Premier Li Keqiang said.

Premier Li made the remark when meeting with Namibian President Hage Geingob at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on March 30.

Saying that the two countries embrace broad prospects for future cooperation in common development, Premier Li said China is ready to deepen cooperation with Namibia in key areas of agricultural technology, infrastructure, capacity and tourism, as well as jointly supporting trade and investment liberalization and working against trade protectionism. He said the two countries have reached fruitful achievements in mutually beneficial cooperation in recent years.

Calling Namibia an important partner of China in Africa, the Premier told Geingob that China is willing to further consolidate political mutual trust with the country and enhance communication on both global and regional affairs.

Geingob began his first state visit to China on March 28. When he met with President Xi Jinping on March 29, the two leaders agreed to establish the China-Namibia comprehensive strategic partnership and signed a series of cooperation documents.

Geingob told Premier Li that those steps will help gear up Namibia’s communication and cooperation with China in both politics and economics, and Namibia is ready to deepen cooperation with China in all fields to put bilateral ties on a higher level.

Li Zhanshu, chairman of the National People’s Congress Standing Committee, met with Geingob in Beijing on March 30. During their talk, Li Zhanshu, China’s top legislator, said that the NPC is willing to work together with the Namibian parliament to put in place the important consensus reached by Xi and Geingob.

He said the NPC will firmly support the mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries guided by the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the Belt and Road Initiative, providing a better environment for investment and stronger legal protection for investors from both countries. He said China will also work to expand the good will between the people of the two countries in the new era.

Geingob said he highly appreciates China’s policy on Africa, adding that he supports communication between the legislative bodies of the two countries.

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