Wu Bangguo (L), chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of China, meets with Angola's President Jose Eduardo dos Santos in Luanda, Angola, May 23, 2011. (Xinhua/Lan Hongguang)
LUANDA, May 23 (Xinhua) -- Top Chinese legislator Wu Bangguo met Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos on Monday to boost bilateral friendly ties.
During the meeting, Wu, chairman of China's National People's Congress Standing Committee, highly praised China-Angola relations.
He said the two countries, in recent years, have carried out frequent high-level exchanges, increasingly deepened mutual political trust, boosted economic and trade cooperation, conducted full cooperation in education, culture, health, space and environmental protection, and closely coordinated and cooperated on international and regional issues.
China is willing to make joint efforts with Angola to further deepen traditional friendship, improve cooperation mechanism, expand practical cooperation, increase people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and push forward bilateral strategic partnership, said Wu.
The Chinese leader said economic and trade cooperation serves as a foundation for bilateral ties, adding further deepening economic and trade cooperation is in the interest of both countries.
Wu put forward a three-point proposal for boosting bilateral economic and trade ties.
First, both countries should improve the mechanism and plans for economic and trade cooperation, he said.
Second, they should expand their economic and trade cooperation fields, he said.
Third, both sides should enhance cooperation in the agricultural field, he added.
Agreeing with Wu's evaluation on and proposal for bilateral ties, Santos said Angola will push forward bilateral cooperative projects, hope to carry out mutually beneficial cooperation on a wider range of issues with China, strengthen coordination and cooperation with China on international and regional issues, and continuously ramp up the level of bilateral strategic partnership.
Wu arrived in Angola on Sunday, the second leg of his four-nation trip to Africa and Asia. He has visited Namibia and is scheduled to visit South Africa and Maldives.