Chinese President Hu Jintao Thursday arrived in Mozambique on the penultimate leg of an eight-nation African tour.
Hu, who flew in from neighbouring South Africa, was received at Maputo airport by his Mozambican counterpart, Armando Guebuza. Nearly 1,000 locals thronged the airport to greet him, waving Chinese and Mozambican flags.
Hu is expected to write off Mozambique’s debt to China while in Maputo and sign agreements on boosting cooperation in agriculture and infrastructure.
Chinese businesses are playing a leading role in the reconstruction of Mozambique, a former Portuguese colony in southeastern Africa devastated by a civil war which raged between 1976-92.
Around a third of all ongoing road construction projects are being carried out by Chinese firms which can also take the credit for landmark buildings such as the foreign ministry and the new Joaquim Chissano conference centre.
Hu goes on to the Seychelles before returning to Beijing.