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Ambassador LIU Guijin interviewed by SABC Africa on President Hu Jintao's upcoming visit to S.A.

On Feb 1, 2007, H.E.Mr. Liu Guijin, China's ambassador to South Africa, receives a 30-minute TV interview with South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) Africa on President Hu Jintao's upcoming visit t o the republic of South Africa.

Ambassador Liu says that President Hu Jintao will pay state visits to Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique and the Seychelles from January 30 to February 10, 2007. It will be the first state visit paid by President Hu this year as well as another major event in the history of China-Africa relations following the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. The priority of the visit is to implement the outcome of the Beijing Summit and comprehensively promote the pragmatic cooperation between China and Africa. The visit is of great significance to enhancing the friendly cooperation between China and the eight countries and consolidating and developing the traditional friendship and cooperation between China and Africa.

President Hu's state visit to the Republic of South Africa from February 6 to 8 is of great importance and significance and will surely push the strategic partnership between the two countries to a higher level. Both China and South Africa attach great importance to this visit and are working closely together to make preparations for the event.

SABC AFRICA prime time news program "60 minutes" airs the interview.

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