China, Cote d’Ivoire agree to boost bilateral ties

Abidjan—China’s top political advisor Yu Zhengsheng visited Cote d’Ivoire for four days from Wednesday to promote cooperation in various fields and enhance bilateral relations.
Yu, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), was visiting the African nation at the invitation of its Parliament Speaker Guillaume Soro.
In a meeting with Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara, Yu said Sunday that the bilateral relations between the two countries are at their best in history. “I intend via my visit to promote the implementation of what have been agreed upon at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg, South Africa, in December last year,” Yu said. Specifically, Yu said his visit was focused on the alignment of the 10 major plans for China-Africa cooperation announced by Chinese President Xi Jinping in December with the five-year national development plan of Cote d’Ivoire.
This requires both sides to enhance their cooperation in such fields as industrialization, agricultural modernization and infrastructural construction, and to enrich the bilateral cooperation, Yu added.
Ouattara said that the 10 cooperation plans proposed by President Xi showed China’s sincerity and its commitment to stronger ties with Africa.
China’s decision to take Africa as its comprehensive strategic partner is a right strategic choice, and China’s assistance is essential for African countries to fully tap their development potential and achieve open and diversified economic development, he said. The president said he was grateful for the consistent support China has given to his country in economic and social development, adding that Cote d’Ivoire looked forward to enhancing cooperation with China. Yu met with Soro on Thursday and said China and Cote d’Ivoire have maintained good relations in line with the principles of mutual respect and equality since they established diplomatic ties 33 years ago.
To further advance bilateral ties, the two sides should have more high-level exchanges, enhance political trust, and strengthen friendly people-to-people exchanges in various fields, Yu said.
He said the two countries should also expand their practical cooperation to achieve mutual beneficial and win-win results, and expand manufacturing cooperation to help upgrade Cote d’Ivoire’s industry and create more jobs.
He also called on the two countries to increase their communication and coordination in international affairs. Yu said that the CPPCC stands ready to deepen friendly cooperation and exchanges with Cote d’Ivoire’s parliament. Soro said that China and Cote d’Ivoire are good friends and partners, and that strengthening cooperation with China will help accelerate Cote d’Ivoire’s industrialization and promote its social causes.—Xinhua

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