02.02.07

Seychelles to be visited by China’s President

Posted in Business and Economy, International relations at 3:52 pm by Robert Klien

In February, the President of the People’s Republic of China, His Excellency Mr Hu Jintao, plans  a State Visit to the Seychelles to respond to the invitation of Seychellois President James A Michel.

China’s President will be in the Seychelles from February 9-10, 2007. He will arrive with a big delegation including State Counsellor H.E. Mr Tang Jiaxuan, several Ministers as well as other high-level dignitaries.

It should be reminded that Seychelles President Michel visited China just 3 months ago – in November 2006. This obviously shows great friendship and esteem between Victoria and Beijing. President Michel  extended his invitation to the leader of the People’s Republic of China to visit the Seychelles during his last-year meeting with President Hu in Beijing.

It is also worth mentioning that President Hu Jintao will be the 1st Chinese Head of State to visit the Seychelles since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the 2 countries in July 1976.

Also, this will be his 1st visit of President Hu Jintao to the Indian Ocean region.

The visit will be part of a tour of his 10-day 8-nation African tour in South Africa, which is to start on February 7, 2007. Besides the Seychelles, Hu will pay visits to Sudan, Cameroon, Liberia, Mozambique, Zambia, Namibia.

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