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ANTANANARIVO Madagascar (Xinhua) -- Madagascar’s President Hery Rajaonarimampianina meets with Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Antananarivo, Madagascar. Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi holds talks with his Madagascan counterpart Beatrice Atallah in Antananarivo, Madagascar. XINHUA PHOTOS - WEN HAO and XINHUA ERIC

China Foreign Minister Wang Yi meets with Madagascar president

ANTANANARIVO 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 Initiative).

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 family.

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 organizations.

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 of development.

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, Wang said.

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 said.

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 Rajaonarimampianina.
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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 its diplomacy.

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 diplomatic tradition.

This signifies that China always regards developing countries as the cornerstone of its diplomacy and Africa its priority, said Wang.

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 Wang.

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 investment facilitation.

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 these fields.

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 Atallah.

She expressed her appreciation of having China as a reliable partner with huge cooperation potential.

             

 

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