Chinese premier starts Africa tour

Added On May 5, 2014

Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and his Ethiopian counterpart, Hailemariam Desalegn, have vowed to strive for new progress in the development of the bilateral comprehensive cooperative partnership.
In his talks with the Ethiopian prime minister on Sunday, Li lauded the profound traditional friendship between the two countries and the steady deepening of bilateral cooperation. 
He expressed the hope that his visit will further consolidate China-Ethiopia friendship and steer China-Ethiopia and China-Africa relations toward new achievements.
For his part, Hailemariam extended a warm welcome for the Chinese leader, saying the comprehensive cooperation between Ethiopia and China has promoted Ethiopia's economic growth and transformation. 
After their hour-long talks, the two leaders witnessed the signing of several cooperation deals covering such areas as technology, industry, infrastructure and finance.
Li arrived earlier in the day for an official visit to the East African country, during which he is also to pay a visit to the African Union headquarters and deliver a speech there to expound on China's Africa policy.