Foreign Minister of China, Yang Jiechi said that China will continue to develop friendly cooperation with South Sudan and to take its independence and the establishment of bilateral diplomatic relations as a new beginning.
Yang made the remarks during a meeting with President of Southern Sudan, Salva Kiir Mayardit, during an official visit to South Sudan after concluding a two-day official visit to Khartoum.
Yang said China attaches great importance to developing relations with Southern Sudan and will continue to support efforts to maintain its sovereignty and independence.
The minister said China will also support Southern Sudan in relation to play its own role in the UN and other international and regional organizations and will continue providing aid to south Sudan within its means.
Yang stressed that the two sides should enhance cooperation in the fields of oil, mining, agriculture, infrastructure and construction, China will continue to help South Sudan to improve people’s living conditions.
Salva Kiir Mayardit welcomed Yang as the first Minister of a permanent member of the Security Council of UN visiting South Sudan.
The president said there is great potential for cooperation between China and South Sudan as all areas are developing in this newly established country.
The president said there are no problems between China and South Sudan and South Sudan has always regarded China as an important partner for cooperation.
The president added that South Sudan will further develop its relationship with China and hoped that his country would continue to receive aid from China in the fields of oil, agriculture, health and education.