China seem to see Ethiopia as key partner in its cooperation with Africa.
rade and economy are some of the areas identified for cooperation between the two countries.
According to Ethiopian government media, Xi Jinping told Hailemariam that cooperation between Ethiopia and China plays a crucial role in China-Africa cooperation.
The latter has already billions of dollars of investment in Ethiopia with growing cultural influence. Chinese language is being given at Addis Ababa University. And increasing number of Chinese are living in Ethiopia due to Chinese infrastructure development and other Chinese business.
Hailemariam Desalegne also met with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang with whom he discussed how to enhance Sino-Ethiopian strategic partnership.
Recently China has got a military presence in the region with its base in Djibouti.
Donkey Slaughter House was opened in Ethiopia to supply Chinese market with Donkey skin and meat. But it was closed down a fortnight ago due to opposition by Ethiopians.
In a related news, Ethiopia joined Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank which Chinese president welcomed.
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