Republic of Congo-President/Chinese FM
Brazzaville, Republic of Congo - Jan 10, 2017
1. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi's vehicle arriving
2. Wang shaking hands with official from Republic of Congo
3. Wang shaking hands with President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso
4. Various of Chinese officials shaking hands with President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso
5. Wang listening
6. Denis Sassou Nguesso speaking
7. Various of meeting in progress
President of the Republic of Congo Denis Sassou Nguesso and the visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi vowed to boost bilateral relations when they met Tuesday in the country's capital Brazzaville.
During the meeting, Sassou Nguesso said that Congo-China relations have endured the test of time and changing international situation, and have become even deeper and stronger.
Last year, Sassou Nguesso and Chinese President Xi Jinping decided to upgrade the bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.
Nguesso said his country appreciated China for the great support to its development, hoping China's project in the country will succeed.
Though the global market fluctuations have caused it some economic difficulties, Congo's decision to deepen cooperation with China and its commitment to China has remained unchanged, he added.
On the issues concerning China's sovereignty and territorial integrity, such as the Taiwan and South China Sea issues, Sassou Nguesso said that his country will stand firmly with China.
He expressed his hope that China will make new progress on the path of national development and further enhance its international status under the leadership of President Xi Jinping.
On his part, Wang said that as sincere friends and reliable partners the two countries have understood, supported and helped each other, and their all-round bilateral cooperation has been deepening over the past years.
The current economic hardship for Congo is temporary and Wang said he believed the country can overcome the difficulties under the leadership of President Sassou Nguesso. China has full confidence in Congo's future development and future cooperation between the two countries, Wang added.
China suggests that the two countries turn their political mutual trust to momentum for mutually beneficial cooperation, thus turning the Congo's advantage in natural resources into economic benefits, Wang said.
He also called for efforts to make the Pointe-Noire Special Economic Zones a flagship project of China-Africa capacity cooperation and an example for the intensive development of Africa, and establish four sub-regional centers of logistics, manufacturing, aviation industries and capacity building so that the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries would be put into reality.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi is currently on a tour to Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Republic of Congo and Nigeria. His six-day visit to five countries is aimed to strengthen ties between China and the African continent.