China to take "active" part in reconstruction of Afghanistan

Beijing, January 20, 2005 - China today pledged to take an "active" part in the post-war reconstruction activities in neighboring Afghanistan.

Chinese President Hu Jintao, in his congratulatory message to mark the 50 years of the establishment of diplomatic ties with Afghanistan, noted that bilateral ties have withstood the test of changes in international and domestic arenas of the two countries and achieved constant development.

Following the establishment of the new government in Afghanistan, exchanges and cooperation between the two countries in political and economic areas quickly recovered and expanded, steering Sino-Afghan relations into a new stage of development, Hu said in his message to his Afghan counterpart, H.E. President Hamid Karzai.

The Chinese government and people will continue supporting the peace process in Afghanistan, take an active part in its post-war reconstruction and work together with the Afghan government and people to push Sino-Afghan relations to a new high in the new century, Hu said.

H.E. President Hamid Karzai, in his congratulatory message to Hu, noted that Afghan-China friendship has all along been based on good-neighborliness, mutually beneficial cooperation and mutual respect, and expressed hope that such friendly ties will be further deepened and expanded.