From AP, via the International Herald Tribune:
President Hu Jintao of oil-hungry China met the Palestinian Hamas foreign minister and officials of other Arab governments Wednesday at a conference on strengthening Sino-Arab ties.
China wants to “further develop cooperation in all areas and earnestly promote the rapid development of our continuing friendly ties,” Hu told a group of foreign ministers and other officials of Arab governments and the Arab League.
The two-day Sino-Arab Cooperation Forum comes as China scrambles to secure energy for its economy, which grew by 9.9 percent last year and is one of the world’s top oil importers. [Full Text]
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