Bereket Simon – Ethiopia’s real ruler is visiting China

Liu Yunshan (R), head of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), shakes hands with Ethiopian Minister of Government Communication Office Bereket Simon at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, China, Sept. 21, 2012. Liu met with a delegation of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) on Friday. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)

BEIJING, Sept. 23 (Xinhua) — Senior officials from ruling parties of China and Ethiopia on Friday vowed to improve exchanges on country governance and cadre training, during a meeting in Beijing.

Liu Yunshan, head of the Publicity Department of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China (CPC), met with a delegation of the Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front (EPRDF) led by Minister of Government Communication Office Bereket Simon.

The CPC attaches great importance to relations with the EPRDF and is ready to increase exchanges on country governance experience and cadre training, Liu said.

China would also strengthen cooperation with Ethiopia in areas including press and culture, in order to contribute to a more solid development of the two countries’ traditional friendship, Liu said.

Bereket said the EPRDF will learn from the CPC’s experience and strengthen their cooperation on media, to promote development of the relationship between the two countries and two parties.

On China-Ethiopia relations, Liu said the two countries had witnessed a steady and sound development of ties since the establishment of the comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation in 2003.

He said China would make joint efforts with Ethiopia to deepen cooperation in all areas and push forward the bilateral relationship.