ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 29 (Xinhua) -- Top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin's just-concluded visit helped boost traditional friendship and cooperation with the African Union and Ethiopia, Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said.
During his stay in Addis Ababa, Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, paid an official goodwill visit to Ethiopia and attended the opening ceremony of the 18th African Union (AU) summit.
At various bilateral and multilateral meetings, Jia elaborated China's policies on Africa and put forward a host of proposals for future development of China-Africa relations, Yang said.
The top Chinese political advisor's visit was of profound significance to further deepening a new-type China-Africa strategic partnership and strengthening unity and cooperation among developing countries, he said.
DEEPENING TRADITIONAL FRIENDSHIP, POLITICAL TRUST
Jia made clear on various occasions that mutual understanding, mutual respect, mutual support, mutual benefit and the pursuit of a win-win outcome was the source of the China-Africa friendship and served as a cornerstone of their relations, Yang said.
The advisor said China highly valued its traditional friendship with Africa and would stand firmly with African nations.
China also respected Africa's choice of its own development path and supported its efforts to settle regional issues on its own as well as its drive for self-improvement, he said.
Jia attended the inauguration ceremony of the 20-story African Union (AU) Conference Center and Office Complex, a new monument to the long-standing friendship between China and Africa constructed with the aid of the Chinese government.
He also delivered a speech at the opening of the 18th AU summit, saying the AU had become an important force for peace, stability and development in Africa and the world as a whole, thanks to its growth over the decade.
Jia voiced his belief that Africa would make even greater and more solid progress along the path of strength through unity.
Lauding their traditional friendship, leaders of African countries voiced their thanks for China's long-term support and aid and for the construction of the AU headquarters in particular, Yang said.
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said the new AU headquarters was a symbol of the rise of Africa.
They were of the opinion that, in Africa's process of development, China would always be Africa's trustworthy brother, friend and partner, Yang said.
MAPPING OUT FUTURE OF CHINA-AFRICA RELATIONS
The rise of developing countries as a whole was an irresistible historical trend, Jia said.
He put forward a multi-point proposal on further development of China-Africa ties:
In politics, to increase high-level exchanges with African countries, step up strategic dialogue and communication, share experiences on governance and enhance mutual understanding and trust.
In the economy, to raise the level of bilateral practical economic cooperation. China would continue to provide Africa with aid without any added political conditions.
In culture, to vigorously expand people-to-people exchanges and encourage non-governmental organizations, academics, news media and institutions of higher learning from both sides to interact and cooperate more closely.
On international issues, to render each other support on issues concerning their respective major and core interests. China would firmly support African countries in their efforts to uphold sovereignty and independence and resolve African issues on their own. And China would firmly support African countries' independent choice of development path
Jia's remarks were echoed by African leaders.
They said African countries needed to pursue a path of unity and self-improvement and boost cooperation with China in a bid to achieve common development.
PROMOTING CHINA-AFRICA ECONOMIC, TRADE COOPERATION
China-Africa economic and trade cooperation has grown rapidly over the past years and brought benefits to both sides.
Jia said China was ready to further strengthen exchanges and cooperation with African countries in agriculture, infrastructure, personnel training, finance and other areas on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and common development.
He said China would encourage more competitive and reputable Chinese companies to invest in Africa, scale up assistance to African countries and help African countries build greater capacity for independent development so they could deliver greater benefits to the local people.
China took the problems existing in bilateral business cooperation seriously. China had and would continue to take effective measures, together with African countries, to resolve them and enable African countries to benefit more from cooperation, Jia said.
African leaders were of one mind that Africa-China economic and trade cooperation had played an important role in boosting local economic and social development and improving people's livelihoods.
Yang said 2012 was an eventful year for China-Africa relations, as the two sides would conduct closer contacts, and the fifth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), in particular, would be held in China.
China would seize the opportunity to comprehensively advance China-Africa practical cooperation in various areas and strive to bring a brighter future for China-Africa relations, he said.