Chinese President to Visit Namibia

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By Mbatjiua Ngavirue WINDHOEK A spokesperson for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has confirmed that Chinese President Hu Jintao will be paying a two-day State visit to Namibia February 5-6 as part of an eight-nation tour. The main purpose of the visit will be to hold talks with President Hifikepunye Pohamba on his first day here, followed by a State banquet the same evening. On February 6, President Hu will meet with former president, Dr Sam Nujoma, after which he will hold meetings with local Chinese businesspeople and other members of the Chinese community in Namibia. Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Isaack Hamata, said that as yet there is no finality on any official agreements the two countries might sign, although one is expected to deal with tourism. President Hu will arrive with a 130-strong delegation, including 10 ministers, senior Chinese government officials and probably a number of top Chinese businesspeople. There have been unconfirmed reports that part of the reason for the visit is China’s interest in Namibia’s uranium resources. The speculation is that, because of China’s need for energy, it might want to secure a reliable uranium supply through direct participation in the Namibian uranium industry by Chinese companies.