Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Visiting
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Saturday met with
Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina to discuss
relations and cooperation between their two countries under the
initiative on the construction of the Silk Road Economic Belt
and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road (the Belt and Road
The Malagasy president said that
friendship between Madagascar and China has a long history and
that the two peoples are as dear to each other as members of one
China has offered a lot of selfless assistance to Madagascar
for a long time, and many Chinese enterprises have contributed
to Madagascar’s development, the president said.
Madagascar, as a gateway into Africa, welcomes and supports
China’s Belt and Road Initiative, and hopes that this initiative
will enter Africa through Madagascar, Rajaonarimampianina said,
adding that the country is ready to actively take part in the
Belt and Road construction and deepen cooperation with China in
agriculture, fishery, tourism and other areas under the
framework of the Belt and Road Initiative.
The Belt and Road Initiative, proposed by China in 2013, aims
to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with
Europe and Africa along the ancient Silk Road trade routes. It
has won support from over 100 countries and international
Madagascar will resolutely continue pursuing the one-China
policy, and maintain mutual support with China on issues
concerning each other’s core interests, the president noted,
saying China is a most reliable cooperation partner to
Madagascar and that Madagascar is fully confident in the
prospects of bilateral relations, said the president.
For his part, Wang conveyed Chinese President Xi Jinping’s
congratulation to Rajaonarimampianina on Madagascar’s
achievements yielded over recent years in national
reconciliation, political stability and striding on a new path
On the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the establishment
of diplomatic ties between the two countries, it is hoped that
the two sides will avail themselves of this opportunity to
discuss and define the direction of development of bilateral
relations and the framework of bilateral cooperation in future,
China proposes that both countries seize the two major
opportunities for international cooperation respectively brought
about by the implementation of the outcome of the 2015 Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg and the promotion of
international cooperation under Belt and Road Initiative, give
full play to their advantages in mutual complementation, and
launch mutually beneficial cooperation in agriculture, fishery,
the processing and manufacturing industries, tourism and
regional aviation, Wang said.
Meanwhile, to promote such cooperation, the two sides are
expected to strengthen infrastructure construction, human
resources development and trade and investment facilitation, he
China will practically help Madagascar create jobs, improve
the people’s livelihood, eliminate poverty and realistically
transform the nation’s unique advantages in geographical
location and natural resources into achievements in development,
and help Madagascar accelerate industrialization and
agricultural modernization and finally realize independent
sustainable development, said Wang, totally approved by
China regards Africa as
priority, wishes for deeper cooperation with Madagascar
ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) --
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said
here Saturday that China always regards Africa as priority in
During his talks with his Malagasy counterpart, Beatrice
Atallah, Wang said that he chose Africa as his first overseas
visit destination in 2017 by following a nearly three-decade-old
This signifies that China always regards developing countries
as the cornerstone of its diplomacy and Africa its priority,
He said the year 2017 marks the 45th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic ties between China and Madagascar.
For a long time, the two countries have respected and supported
each other and treated each other as equals, thus becoming
time-tested friends, he said.
At the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced 10
cooperation plans with Africa which are aimed at helping Africa
realize industrialization and agricultural modernization, said
Madagascar had direct links with the ancient maritime silk
road, which makes it a natural extension of the 21th Century
Maritime Silk Road, said Wang.
China proposes that both sides seize the two major
opportunities of implementing the outcomes of the Johannesburg
Summit and pushing forward international cooperation on the Belt
and Road Initiative, so that they can fully play the role of
mutually supplementing each other’s development, he said.
Wang said that China would fully take into consideration
Madagascar’s development needs in the "five major sectors" of
agriculture, fisheries, manufacturing, travel services and
regional aviation, while constructing the "three major pillars"
of infrastructure, human resource development and trade and
China is willing to help Madagascar transform its unique
geographic and natural resource advantages into real development
results and help accelerate its industrialization and
agricultural modernization so as to realize self-reliant
sustainable development and benefit its people.
Atallah said Madagascar is honored to host the Chinese
foreign minister as the first stop of his African tour.
She said the two countries have witnessed ever deepening
exchanges and cooperation, have supported each other in
international affairs, and have developed a brotherly friendship
since they established diplomatic relations 45 years ago.
She said Madagascar fully agrees with China on focusing
cooperation in the "five major sectors" and the "three major
pillars" as it has great development needs and potential in
Madagascar welcomes Chinese enterprises to seek opportunities
in the country in the hope that cooperation with China will
boost the country’s development, said Atallah.
Madagascar backs the Belt and Road Initiative of China and
wishes to join it at the earliest time, so as to participate in
the global economy, realize industrialization and agricultural
modernization, and bring tangible benefits to its people, said
She expressed her appreciation of having China as a reliable
partner with huge cooperation potential.