Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping arrived in Luanda on Friday, kicking off his official visit to Angola.
Xi made the visit as a guest of Angola's Vice President Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos, who came to the airport and hosted a welcoming ceremony in honor of Xi.
In a written speech delivered upon his arrival, Xi said Angola is a country that exerts vital influence on African affairs, and China is pleased to see the social and economic progress and outstanding achievements made by Angola in its reconstruction.
Xi also said China and Angola have forged profound friendship in Angola's drive to seek national independence and economic development.
The vice president spoke highly of the relations between China and Angola over the 27 years since the two established diplomatic relations.
He noted that mutual political trust has been enhanced and fruitful achievements have been scored in a wide range of fields for cooperation, which have benefited the two peoples.
During the upcoming two-day stay in Angola, Xi is scheduled to meet Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos and held talks with his counterpart Fernando da Piedade Dias dos Santos. He is also set to pay a visit to a joint house-construction project.
Xi said his current visit is aimed at consolidating traditional friendship between Angola and China, enhancing mutual political trust and deepening bilateral cooperation.
He said he was looking forward to meeting Angola leaders and exchanging views with them on a wide range of issues
"I believe, thanks to the efforts from both sides, the Sino- Angola relations will continuously march into a higher level ," he said.
Angola is the third leg of Xi's four-nation trip to Asia and Africa, after Singapore and South Africa. He is also scheduled to visit Botswana. China and Angola established diplomatic relations in 1983. Since 2006, Angola has become China's biggest trading partner in Africa for four years in a row.