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Tunisia participates in Beijing in media exchange programme

Tunisia participates in a media exchange programme organised by the China-Africa Media Centre of the Chinese Diplomatic Association under the Foreign Ministry of China, which is held from February to December 2018. 30 journalists from African countries take part and 15 others from Asia and the Pacific Ocean.

At the opening of the 5th edition of the China-African Media Centre in Beijing on Tuesday, in the presence of representatives of several diplomatic missions in China, including Tunisia, the Vice President of the Chinese Diplomatic Association highlighted “the strength of Sino-African relations and the diversity of areas of cooperation between the two parties in the framework of a fruitful partnership “.

He also underlined the importance of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation scheduled for September 2018 in Beijing, saying that this forum will be “an important and serious step in the process of cooperation between China and the African continent”.

The vice president of the association said that the Forum will focus on the “Belt and Road” initiative launched by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“Belt and Road”, also known as the New Silk Road, is a project launched in autumn 2013 under the presidency of Xi Jinping and is a diplomatic priority for China.

For his part, Tunisia’s ambassador to Beijing, Dhia Khaled, told TAP, on the sidelines of this 5th edition, that Tunisia and China are determined to further develop bilateral cooperation relations in the economic, commercial and technical areas.

With regard to the “Belt and Road” initiative, the ambassador said that Tunisia has affirmed its support for this initiative since its launch and expressed the will to join it.

Minister of Foreign Affairs Khemaies Jhinaoui agreed with his Chinese counterpart during his visit to Beijing in July 2017 to continue coordination and consultations on the signing of the agreement on this membership and ways to benefit projects, programmes and funding provided under this initiative, according to Xinhua.

Diplomatic relations between Tunisia and China have been established for 54 years. “Tunisian-Chinese relations are constantly evolving in all areas including political and economic and are based on respect and mutual interests,” said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Tunisia aspires to take advantage of Chinese investment opportunities and the expertise of Chinese companies in infrastructure, regional development and public-private partnerships.

China has contributed to the implementation of several projects in Tunisia, including the youth cultural and sports centre of El Menzah VI, the Canal Medjerda in Cape Bon and the headquarters of the national archives.

Other projects are also under development or study such as the Sfax hospital and the Diplomatic Academy.

At the close of the works of the 9th session of the Tunisian-Chinese joint commission held in Tunis last February, an agreement in the form of an exchange of letters was signed concerning the project of the Diplomatic Academy for Training and Studies.

An economic and technical cooperation agreement concerning a grant from the Government of the Republic of China to the Tunisian government was also signed for the financing of the academy project, with a budget of 200 million Chinese yuan (72 million Tunisian dinars).

Source: TAP News Agency

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