Remarks by Hu, Ethiopia and Egyptian presidents
1. Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Egypt’s Hosni Mubarak walking together, Hu waving
2. Wide of leaders on stage
3. Cutaway of cameramen
4. Wide shot of leaders walking to podiums
5. SOUNDBITE (English) Meles Zenawi, Ethiopian Prime Minister:
“We hold that the adherence of China, the world’s largest developing country, to peaceful development and the commitment of Africa, a continent with the largest number of developing countries, to stability, development and renaissance are in themselves significant contributions to world peace and development.”
6. Cutaway of Egyptian President Mubarak listening
7. Cutaway of cameramen
8. SOUNDBITE (Mandarin) Hu Jintao, Chinese President:
“We hold that the United Nations should strengthen its role through reform, pay greater attention to the issue of development and give priority to increasing the representation and say of African countries in UN agencies”.
9. Cutaway of journalists
10. SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Hosni Mubarak, Egyptian President:
“We hold that the establishment of a new type of strategic partnership is the shared desire of China and Africa, serves our common interests and will help enhance solidarity and mutual assistance among developing countries and contribute to durable peace and harmonious development in the world.”
11. Hu shaking hands with Zenawi, then walking to shake hands with Mubarak
China and Africa showed the potential in their burgeoning partnership Sunday, closing out a landmark summit in Beijing by announcing hefty business deals and rebuffing criticisms that their relationship glossed over human rights and corruption concerns.
In a show of partnership to close out the summit, the co-chairs, Chinese President Hu Jintao; Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak in turn read parts of a declaration that called for the stepping up high-level exchanges, coordination in international affairs and cooperation in agriculture, information technology and public health.
The declaration called on the United Nations to strengthen its role through reform, pay greater attention to the issue of development and give priority to increasing the representation and say of African countries in UN agencies.
Chinese and African companies and governments signed 14 agreements worth 1.9 (b) billion US dollars (1.6 (b) billion euros) for projects in infrastructure, telecommunications and other fields, China’s Xinhua News Agency said.
A deal to build a 8.3 (b) billion US dollars (6.5 (b) billion euros) railway in oil-rich Nigeria was announced, as well as joint China-Africa plans to explore energy development.
“We hold that the adherence of China, the world’s largest developing country, to peaceful development and the commitment of Africa, a continent with the largest number of developing countries, to stability, development and renaissance are in themselves significant contributions to world peace and development,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said.
The summit – the first for African and Chinese leaders – underscored China’s rising diplomatic and economic clout as it scours the world’s poorest continent for oil, raw materials, markets and political allies to sustain its economic boom.
China’s outsized African presence and the summit, however, have also touched off criticisms that Beijing, with its UN Security Council membership and economic largesse, was exacerbating African debt and corruption and protecting human rights offenders such as Zimbabwe and Sudan.
Politically, the summit was the largest diplomatic gathering China has hosted, with the heads of state and government of 35 nations attending.
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