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China, Botswana vow to strengthen cooperation

China and Botswana are willing to advance bilateral cooperation in various fields, senior officials of the two countries agreed here Monday afternoon.

Chinese State Councilor Zhou Yongkang met in Beijing with Phandu T.C. Skelemani, Hon Minister of State President of Botswana.

During the meeting, Skelemani expressed the wish to learn from China, the world's most populated country that has managed to achieve rapid development while maintaining social stability.

Skelemani visits China from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1 at the invitation of the Chinese People's Institute of Foreign Affairs. It was the lawyer-turned politician's first trip to China.

Besides Beijing, he will also go to Shanghai, the economic and financial center, and Guiyang, capital city of Guizhou province in the relatively backward southwestern part of China.

Skelemani reiterated Botswana's stance on sticking to the one-China policy, which he said consists the foundation of bilateral relations. Zhou expressed appreciation on this.

Botswana and China established diplomatic relations in January, 1975. Over the past more than 30 years, the two countries have witnessed smooth development of bilateral relations as high-ranking officials frequently visited each other's country.

Bilateral cooperation in various fields such as investment, technology, medical care and education has been expanded on a basis of equality and mutual benefits. Two-way trade topped 50 million U.S. dollars in the first half of 2007, increasing more than 60 percent over the same period of last year.


Source: Xinhua

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