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Official Visit to Botswana by His Excellency Xi Jinping, Vic...

Vice President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China will undertake a two-day Official Visit to Botswana on November 20-22, 2010 at the invitation of his counterpart, Vice President Lt. Gen. Mompati Merafhe. 

The two leaders will hold official talks on Sunday November 21, prior to Vice President Xi's courtesy call on President Lt. Gen. Seretse Khama Ian Khama the following day, November 22 2010.

During the visit, the Chinese Vice President will undertake a tour of the Diamond Trading Company Botswana (DTCB) and also meet with the Chinese nationals in Botswana, including the diplomatic staff.

Botswana and China established diplomatic relations in 1975 and the two countries have been cooperating in various areas such as public health, law enforcement, human resource development and infrastructure development.

The highlights of the visit will be the signing of the agreement on the Economic and Technical Cooperation, which offers Botswana a grant of RMB 40 Million for development projects.

Other agreements to be signed during the Visit include a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on science and technology, MoU between Botswana Power Corporation (BPC), China Development Bank and Golden Concord Group on cooperation in the areas of infrastructure and energy development, MoU between the Ministry of Finance and Development  Planning and Export-Import (EXIM) Bank of China on financial support for development projects and the Letters of Exchange on a grant to build a primary school in Botswana.

Vice President Xi will be accompanied by the Vice Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr Zhai Jun, Vice Minister for Organization Department of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, Mr Li Zhiyong, Vice-Chairman of National Development and Reform Commission, Mr Zhang Xiaoqiang, Assistant Minister of Commerce, Mr. Chen Jian and senior Chinese government officials.

He is expected to leave Botswana on Monday morning, November 22 2010. 

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