Monday, April 27, 2015

Algerian PM's China visit to boost bilateral partnership | 2015-04-28

ALGIERS, April 27 (Xinhua) -- Algerian Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal will on Tuesday kick off his three-day visit to China to boost bilateral relations.
According to a statement from the prime minister's office, Sellal will head a large delegation of government officials and members of the country's business community.
The visit follows the 7th session of the Algerian-Chinese Joint Cooperation Commission, held earlier this month in capital Algiers.
According to the Chinese foreign ministry, Sellal will next week become the first Algerian head of government to visit China since the north African country won independence in 1962.
During the visit, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang are expected to meet with Sellal. The two sides will exchange views on enhancing bilateral partnership as well as on international and regional issues, Hong Lei, Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, told a daily news briefing.
Following Beijing, Sellal will also visit Shanghai.
Hong hailed Algeria's contribution in helping China resume its legitimate seat at the United Nations in 1971.
China was a founding member of the United Nations. However, after the founding of the People's Republic of China (PRC), its seat was occupied by Taiwanese authorities backed by the United States.