Chinese PM to visit Ethiopia in May

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Addis Ababa, 28 April 2014 (WIC) - Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang is scheduled to arrive in Ethiopia on May 4 for a three-day visit.

"The purpose of the visit is to further enhance existing relations between Ethiopia and China," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Dina Mufti told Anadolu Agency on Friday.

The spokesperson said that both Addis Ababa and Beijing were "satisfied with their existing ties."

"Ethiopia and China have all-round strategic development relations," Mufti said.

Ethiopia-China diplomatic relations were first established in 1970.

China is one of Ethiopia's main partners in infrastructure development, construction and technology transfer, and represents Ethiopia's number-one investor, followed by India and Turkey.

A high-level Chinese delegation led by Chinese Deputy Prime Minister Liu Yandong visited Ethiopia last November.

According to Turkish press, early this month, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming also visited Ethiopia.