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    China Pledges 'Selfless Help' to Afghanistan

    Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai (L) attend a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 8, 2012.
    Chinese President Hu Jintao and his Afghan counterpart Hamid Karzai (L) attend a welcoming ceremony at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing June 8, 2012.
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    China's president pledged "selfless help" to Afghanistan on Friday, as the leaders of the two countries agreed to upgrade their trade, aid, investment and security relations.

    At a meeting in Beijing's Great Hall of the People, President Hu Jintao told Afghan President Hamid Karzai that China would continue to provide help to Afghanistan as it enters "a critical transition period."
     
    "At present Afghanistan has entered into a critical transition period," Hu noted.  "China is a trustworthy neighbor and friend of Afghanistan.  Both now and in the future, China will continue to stay firmly committed to our policy of developing friendly relations with Afghanistan and will continue to provide sincere and selfless help to the Afghanistan side."

    China is positioning itself for a bigger role in Afghanistan following the withdrawal of most U.S. and other international troops at the end of 2014.

    The two leaders signed a strategic partnership agreement, under which China said it would encourage Chinese investment, help build infrastructure, grant scholarships to Afghan students and provide $24 million in aid this year.  And, President Karzai thanked President Hu for his hospitality.

    "Thank you Mr. President, as always for your tremendously warm and friendly hospitality," Karzai said.

    In a joint statement issued after the meeting, the two sides rejected terrorism, extremism, separatism and organized crime.


    Some information for this report was provided by AP and Reuters.

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    by: HTC from: USA
    June 09, 2012 10:56 AM
    You did agree that China ruins the land of others.
    That is enough evidence to show to the world that China is bad.
    But, please do not try to connect China bad behavior with other issues of the USA. These are 2 different subjects.
    China needs to do better by itself for others regardless of other countries doing. It does not mean that someone is doing worst and I am still all right to do bad things. Thank you.

    by: Anonymous
    June 09, 2012 6:51 AM
    As a rule, never believe a word the Chinese regime says. Just watch what it does.

    by: JR from: Brazil
    June 08, 2012 6:35 PM
    China's speaking about selfless help... That sounds strongly strange. By the way, is non profitable move on international political strategy? China should help its own people give them some democracy, first of all.

    by: @ Mr. Jones
    June 08, 2012 6:17 PM
    Benevolence has been long gone after Mao's cultural revolution and it was replaced by Marxism, consisting of suppression, terror in governance. Confuciuss is history, sir.

    by: Jonathan huang from: Canada
    June 08, 2012 2:47 PM
    @ananymous, what China did to ruin the land was still not comparable to what US did to kill innocent Afghanistan kids and women.

    by: Anonymous
    June 08, 2012 12:44 PM
    Anyone believe what Chinese says. Look at Africa how their exploitation ruins the land and people life.

    by: sudeep paralkar from: INDIA
    June 08, 2012 9:44 AM
    Selfless Help or Strategic Depth.

    by: David G. Jones from: Ottawa, Canada
    June 08, 2012 8:12 AM
    "Selfless help" is as Ping-fa states international relations should be conducted - though the term in Ping-fa is "benevolence." As Qin discovered 2300 years ago, it is the only way meaningful and sustainable relations can be established and maintained.

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