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10:22, November 22, 2010

Chinese vice president to visit Botswana to boost cooperative ties
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping will pay an official visit to Botswana on Nov. 20-22, which would surely further strengthen the existing cooperative relations between the two countries, according to the Chinese Embassy.

Xi is expected to meet with Botswanan President Ian Khama and Vice President Mompati Merafhe on the occasion of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

Chinese Ambassador Liu Huanxing told a press conference recently that the inaugural visit by a vice president of China to Botswana will see exchange of views on further developing bilateral relations, enhancing mutually beneficial cooperation in various areas and on other issues of common concern of both parties.

"Some agreements on economic cooperation will be signed during the visit," the Chinese envoy said.

Since the establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Botswana in 1975, the two countries have enjoyed sustained and sound exchanges and cooperation in areas of trade and investment, economy, culture and education.

A number of official visits between the countries have taken place since bilateral relations came into existence. The Chinese vice president's trip comes shortly after Merafhe attended the 2010 Shanghai World Expo Botswana Pavilion Day and paid a visit to China's Zhejiang Province.

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