Friday, June 12, 2009

Newswire: South-South Cooperation, China in focus

[China - Africa] -- China's New Silk Road shines in Africa
The word "China" has echoed in the meeting halls of the ongoing three-day World Economic Forum on Africa, reflecting the close attention to the Asian country which is widely regarded as Africa's crucial partner in the strive against global economic crisis and future development.

The issues related to China have become hot topics in the platform which attracted over 800 participants from 50 countries and five African leaders in a bid to seek practical solutions to foster better business practices and greater investment across the continent, under the theme of "Implications of the Global Economic Crisis for Africa".

[China - Africa] -- ICBC chief says China to increase investment in Africa
Chief of China's major bank ICBC, Jiang Jianqing, said on Thursday that he believes China will continue increasing investment in Africa which is mutually beneficial.

"With the development of economic globalization, China will have more and closer business links with the rest of the world, which will finally lead to increasing oversea investment from China. Therefore, I believe more investment with mutual benefits will come to Africa," said Jiang in a joint interview with Jacko Maree, group chief executive of the Standard Bank Group.

[China - Afghanistan] --
China, Afghanistan vow to advance bilateral partnership
The foreign ministers of China and Afghanistan met in Beijing Thursday and agreed to boost cooperation.

"China and Afghanistan are traditional friendly neighbors" who share mutual respect and support, said Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi in a meeting with Afghan Foreign Minister Rangin Dadfar Spanta.

[China - Kazakhstan] -- Chinese parliamentary delegation visits Kazakhstan
A Chinese parliamentary delegation visited Kazakhstan from June 9 to June 12 at the invitation of the Kazakh parliament.

[China - North Korea] -- Senior CPC leader calls on closer media co-op with ROK
Senior Chinese leader Li Changchun on Friday called on media organizations from China and the Republic of Korea (ROK) to offer more news reports that conducive to cementing bilateral strategic and cooperative partnership.

Hailing fruitful media cooperation between the two countries, Li hopes press organizations take the opportunity of the dialogue to set up a regular exchange mechanism, and provide more news reports and information that help boost Sino-ROK strategic and cooperative partnership.

[China - Pacific Island Countries] -- Pacific parliamentary delegations to visit China
The five delegations will be led respectively by Isaac Figir, Speaker of the National Congress of the Federated States of Micronesia; Tu'ilakepa, Speaker of the Parliament of the Kingdom of Tonga; Manu Korovulavula, Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee in Fiji; Billy Talagi, Chairman of the Bills Committee of the Parliament of Niue and Lino Bulekuli Dit Sacsac, Clerk of the Parliament of the Republic of Vanuatu.