Djibouti, where China has opened its first overseas military base, on 23rd Nov agreed to establish strategic partnership to strengthen all-round cooperation with Beijing.
The announcement came as Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing.
Mr. Guelleh is the first head of state of an African country to visit the country since the ruling Communist Party of China's (CPC's) Congress in October endorsed a second five-year term for Mr. Xi.
China is willing to work with Djibouti to speed up the implementation of the results of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), jointly forge ahead with Belt and Road construction and fully strengthen bilateral cooperation in all fields.
China welcomes Djibouti to participate in the Belt and Road construction and is ready to advance cooperation on infrastructure projects including railways, ports, water supply, liquefied natural gas pipeline, as well as building of a free trade area and cooperation in agriculture.