BEIJING, June 4 (Xinhua) -- China vowed on Saturday to develop closer bonds with the Southern African Development Community (SADC), and support the organization's efforts in solving regional issues and boosting Africa's integration.
Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo made the remarks while meeting with SADC rotating Chairperson Hifikepunye Pohamba, also president of Namibia.
Wu, chairman of the National People's Congress Standing Committee, China's top legislative body, extended appreciation to Pohamba for the hospitality of the Namibian government and parliament during his visit to the country in May.
He said he felt Namibian people's deep affection to their Chinese friends during his stay there, and felt the two countries share the same goal of deepening traditional friendship and substantial cooperation.
Wu spoke highly of the achievements of Africa in recent years, citing rapid economic growth, increasing influence in global affairs and stable security situation.
China-Africa relations are precious wealth for both sides, he said, urging joint efforts to continuously boost bilateral new strategic partnership.
Wu spoke highly of the important role of SADC in maintaining peace and stability of southern Africa, promoting regional integration and solving regional issues independently.