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Senior official promotes Sino-African friendship at AU summit

2012-01-30 08:07:00 GMT2012-01-30 16:07:00(Beijing Time)  Xinhua English

Jia Qinglin (2nd R, front), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), plants a tree signifying Sino-African friendship along with an African leader in a garden of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Jan. 29, 2012. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

Jia Qinglin (C), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), plants a tree signifying Sino-African friendship along with an African leader in a garden of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Jan. 29, 2012. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), addresses the opening ceremony of the 18th African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Jan. 29, 2012. The 18th AU summit opened here on Sunday in the new AU Conference Center built with Chinese sponsorship. Jia Qinglin delivered a speech titled "Towards a Better Future with Stronger China-Africa Solidarity and Cooperation" while attending the summit. (Xinhua/Ding Haitao)

Jia Qinglin (4th L, front), chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), poses for group photos with heads of state and government of African countries, as well as representatives from non-African Union (AU) countries and international organizations, who attend the opening ceremony of the 18th AU summit in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Jan. 29, 2012. The 18th AU summit opened here on Sunday in the new AU Conference Center built with Chinese sponsorship. Jia Qinglin delivered a speech titled "Towards a Better Future with Stronger China-Africa Solidarity and Cooperation" while attending the summit. (Xinhua/Ding Lin)

Top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin planted a tree signifying Sino-African friendship along with an African leader in a garden of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia, Jan. 29, 2012.

Jia Qinglin delivered a speech on Sunday morning at the opening ceremony of the 18th African Union (AU) summit.

Before his speech, Jia, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, presented the congratulatory message from Chinese President Hu Jintao to the summit.

"Since the beginning of the 21st century, China-Africa relations have grown rapidly and made in-depth progress on all fronts. The establishment and development of the Forum on China- Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and the new type of strategic partnership between China and Africa have boosted bilateral exchanges and cooperation in the political, economic, trade and cultural fields, making our political trust stronger, our shared interests closer and the friendship between our peoples deeper," said Hu in his message.

"Going forward, we will continue to work with the African side to build upon past achievements and take the new type of China- Africa strategic partnership to a higher and broader plane, thus making even greater contribution to the cause of peace and development in Africa and the world as a whole." Hu added.

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