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China to Enhance Economic Relations with Tunisia

         Date: 2012-06-02

           Tag: China Tunisia, China Tunisia Economic Relations

Summary: During the 5th Chinese-Arab cooperation summit, Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Yang Jiechi announced that China will enhance its relations with Tunisia and expressed his country’s willingness to …

During the 5th Chinese-Arab cooperation summit, Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Yang Jiechi announced that China will enhance its relations with Tunisia and expressed his country’s willingness to help the Tunisian economy.

“Tunisian Chinese relations will become ‘a role model’ for North Africa and the Arab World,” he stated.

From 2000 to 2012, China has offered 214 million dinars to Tunisia in loans and 54 million dinars in donations.

The conference that took place in the coastal city of Hammamet yesterday aimed to deepen strategic cooperation between China and member-states of the Arab League.

This year’s summit was attended by the Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister and his Arab League counterparts as well as the league’s Secretary-General Nabil Al Arabi and Tunisian Prime Minister Hamadi Jebali. Arab and Chinese businessmen and investors also attended the event to explore the possibility of drafting commercial agreements.

China has recently donated 45 million dinars for the construction of a new university hospital in Sfax. The hospital will have the capacity to accommodate up to 300 patients.

“We respect the Tunisian people’s choice of government, and we congratulate the Tunisian government on its achievements. We express our willingness to help Tunisia in all different kinds of sectors,” Jiechi concluded.

China is Tunisia’s number one economic partner in Asia. Over five billion dinars worth of investments have been provided by China to Tunisia over the past 12 years.


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