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Xi Jinping Meets with President Idriss Deby of Chad

On September 3, 2016, President Xi Jinping met in Hangzhou with rotating Chairperson of the African Union and President Idriss Deby of Chad.

Xi Jinping welcomed Idriss Deby to attend the G20 Hangzhou Summit on behalf of the African Union and expressed support to Africa's positive contributions to global governance and world economic growth.

Xi Jinping pointed out that China and Chad have seen all-round and rapid development of bilateral relations in recent years. China is willing to work with Chad to constantly enrich China-Chad friendly cooperative relations and better benefit both peoples. The two sides should continue to understand and support each other on issues concerning respective core interests and of major concerns. Energy cooperation should play a leading role in bilateral cooperation. The Chinese government encourages Chinese enterprises to expand investment in Chad to help the country step up its own capability for independent and sustainable growth. Both sides should also give full play to the assurance role of peace and security cooperation. China stands ready to help Chad with its capacity building in national defense, peacekeeping, stability maintenance and other aspects.

Xi Jinping stressed that unity and cooperation between China and African countries are a long-term and firm strategic choice of China. China will continue to act on the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith towards Africa, adopt the correct viewpoint of righteousness and benefits, and carry out the ten major China-Africa cooperation plans. Efforts will be made to synchronize China's own development with its support for the development of Africa, help speed up Africa's industrialization and agricultural modernization, and ensure win-win cooperation and common development. China supports the African Union's important role in Africa's development, its integration process, and regional and international affairs.

Idriss Deby thanked China for inviting Chad to attend the G20 Hangzhou Summit on behalf of the African Union, and appreciated China’s consistent dedication to helping Africa and strengthening mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation between the two sides, as well as its efforts to lead the G20 to focus on Africa's development. The relationship between Africa and China, which features mutual understanding and mutual support, is a model for Africa's external relations. Valuing its traditional friendship with China, Chad is willing to strengthen cooperation with China in fields including renewable energy, mineral resources, trade, livelihood, and health care.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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