Chi­nese, To­golese pres­i­dents agree to up­grade co­op­er­a­tion

Pakistan Observer - - INTERNATIONAL -

BEI­JING—Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and vis­it­ing To­golese Pres­i­dent Faure Gnass­ingbe agreed in their talks to pro­mote bi­lat­eral ties to a new level through en­hanced co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields.

In­vited by Xi, Gnass­ingbe is pay­ing a state visit to China from May 29 to June 2. The China-Togo friend­ship was forged and cul­ti­vated by the late To­golese Pres­i­dent Gnass­ingbe Eyadema and sev­eral gen­er­a­tions of Chi­nese lead­ers, Xi said, not­ing their re­la­tion­ship has be­come a model of ties be­tween large and small coun­tries.

China-Togo co­op­er­a­tion has bright prospects since the two economies are highly com­ple­men­tary, Xi said. The two sides should strengthen po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust, con­tinue high-level con­tact, en­hance friendly ex­changes be­tween gov­ern­ments, po­lit­i­cal par­ties, leg­isla­tive bod­ies and at lo­cal lev­els, said Xi.

Both coun­tries should en­hance pol­icy com­mu­ni­ca­tion and over­all plan­ning for bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion, ac­cord­ing to the Chi­nese pres­i­dent.

Xi pledged China will en­cour­age its busi­nesses and fi­nan­cial in­sti­tu­tions to sup­port To­golese in­fras­truc­ture con­struc­tion and help the na­tion es­tab­lish an in­dus­trial sys­tem of in­de­pen­dent and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment.

China is ready to push for­ward agri­cul­tural tech­nol­ogy co­op­er­a­tion with Togo to en­hance the lat­ter’s agri­cul­tural added value and in­crease farm­ers’ in­come, said Xi.

In se­cu­rity co­op­er­a­tion, China is will­ing to strengthen bi­lat­eral ties in com­bat­ing piracy in the Gulf of Guinea and transna­tional or­ga­nized crime, said Xi, adding China will help Togo en­hance its ca­pac­ity build­ing in na­tional de­fense and sta­bil­ity main­te­nance.

In peo­ple-to-peo­ple re­la­tions, Xi noted that China stands ready to push for­ward co­op­er­a­tion with Togo in cul­ture, ed­u­ca­tion, travel and other ar­eas and in­crease ex­changes be­tween youth, women, me­dia and think tanks.

The two coun­tries can also en­hance col­lab­o­ra­tion in African peace and sta­bil­ity, UNdes­ig­nated 2030 Agenda for Sus­tain­able De­vel­op­ment and other ma­jor global and re­gional is­sues, in or­der to safe­guard the rights of de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and pro­mote democ­racy in in­ter­na­tional re­la­tions, Xi said. China and Africa have al­ways been a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture, Xi said, stress­ing China will im­ple­ment the out­comes of the lat­est sum­mit of the Fo­rum on China-Africa Co­op­er­a­tion (FOCAC) last De­cem­ber in Jo­han­nes­burg in a com­pre­hen­sive man­ner to seek win-win re­sults and com­mon de­vel­op­ment.

Gnass­ingbe said Togo ap­pre­ci­ates China’s long-term sup­port and as­sis­tance to the coun­try, vow­ing to en­hance bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion in var­i­ous fields. Togo hopes China will con­tinue to back the coun­try in im­prov­ing peo­ple’s liveli­hood, agri­cul­ture, in­fras­truc­ture, port eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, peace, se­cu­rity and other ar­eas, Gnass­ingbe said.

He pledged that Togo wel­comes more Chi­nese com­pa­nies to in­vest in the coun­try and will cre­ate fa­vor­able pol­icy and le­gal con­di­tions for them.

Speak­ing highly of China’s role in in­ter­na­tional af­fairs and the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, Gnass­ingbe stressed Togo is ready to work with China to ac­tively im­ple­ment the re­sults of the FOCAC Jo­han­nes­burg sum­mit.

Togo re­gards China as the most sin­cere friend of the coun­try and Africa, he said, not­ing that Togo firmly ad­heres to the one-China prin­ci­ple.—Xin­hua

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