Further efforts to jointly strengthen the China-Ethiopia efforts is a crucial imperative in a bid to further augment the two countries’ already blossoming multifaceted ties, China’s Ambassador to Ethiopia, Tan Jian, said.

Tan made the remarks on Sunday as the two friendly countries embarked on a series of activities that envisaged marking the 50th anniversary since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.

“On this 50th year anniversary of diplomatic relations between Ethiopia and China, comprehensive strategic cooperation and partnerships in many fields are established and are in very good shape,” state-run Ethiopian News Agency (ENA) quoted Tan as saying on Sunday.

The Chinese ambassador also stressed that China and Ethiopia are supporting each other politically, economically and culturally, all driven by the very foundation of their people-to-people ties.

“Our bilateral relationship is in very good shape. We support each other politically in issues that relate to our interests and we support each other economically. It is comprehensive and in so many areas,” Tan said.

Tan also noted that the China-Ethiopia bilateral relations have enabled the two countries to build mutual political trust, cooperate economically in many projects related to trade and investment.

He also emphasized the existing strong party-to-party and government-to-government relations among the two countries as well as close peacekeeping cooperation.

According to Tan, the exchange of all-rounded high-level visits among the two countries officials has augmented over the years, and the relationship between China and Ethiopia is moving forward.

“The year 2020 is very important for our bilateral relations. It could be a landmark year for our bilateral relations as we will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the starting up of diplomatic relations between our two countries,” Tan told Ethiopia’s state news agency.

“I do see a great potential to be tapped in advancing our bilateral relations in so many fields,” Tan said, adding that “there are great economic potentials that need to be further exploited between the two countries.” Enditem

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