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Chinese president arrives in Dakar for state visit

Source: Xinhua | 02-14-2009 08:16

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DAKAR, Feb. 13 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in the Senegalese capital of Dakar on Friday on the first state visit to this western African country.

Chinese President Hu Jintao (R Front) inspects the honor guard at a welcome ceremony held by his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade (L Front) at the airport in Dakar, capital of Senegal, Feb. 13, 2009. Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived in the Senegalese capital of Dakar on Friday for a state visit to promote friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)
Chinese President Hu Jintao (R Front) inspects the honor 
guard at a welcome ceremony held by his Senegalese 
counterpart Abdoulaye Wade (L Front) at the airport in 
Dakar, capital of Senegal, Feb. 13, 2009. Chinese President 
Hu Jintao arrived in the Senegalese capital of Dakar on 
Friday for a state visit to promote friendly and cooperative 
relations between the two countries. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

Hu was received by his Senegalese counterpart Abdoulaye Wade at a welcoming ceremony at the airport.

In a statement issued upon arrival, Hu said both countries enjoy good friendship and the resumption of diplomatic ties helped the development of bilateral cooperation in politics, trade, culture, education and public health among others.

China and Senegal resumed diplomatic relations in October 2005,after the western African country severed ties with Taiwan.

In June 2006, President Wade visited China. Five month later, he attended the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.