Note: This column mainly includes countries along the Belt and Road and countries that have signed cooperation agreements with China on Belt and Road Initiative.

In 2013, friendly and cooperative relations between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of Chad continued to develop.

The two sides maintained friendly exchanges. In March, President Idriss Deby Itno, Prime Minister Djimrangar Dadnadji Joseph and Minister of Foreign Affairs, African Integration and International Cooperation Moussa Faki Mahamat sent letters of congratulations to President Xi Jinping, Premier Li Keqiang and Foreign Minister Wang Yi respectively on their assumption of office. In May, President Deby sent a letter of condolences to President Xi Jinping over the April 20th earthquake in Lushan, Sichuan Province. In August, Prime Minister Dadnadji sent a letter of condolences to Premier Li Keqiang over the July 22nd earthquake in Gansu Province. In August, Foreign Minister Faki paid a working visit to China and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with him.

The two countries carried out smooth economic and trade cooperation. The China-Chad petroleum integration project of the upstream and downstream progressed steadily. In June, the two China-assisted projects, namely, the renovation of China-Chad Friendship Hospital and the construction of the new dormitories for the medical team, were completed. In November, the new parliament building built with Chinese assistance was completed and handed over to the Chadian side.

New achievements were made in cultural and educational cooperation. In February, the two countries signed the Cultural Agreement Between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Chad. In November, University of N'Djamena set up a Chinese Department and began to offer Chinese language courses.

Editor: 曹家宁
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