On March 6, 2011, visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun met with Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika in the Algerian capital Algiers.
Zhai first conveyed President Hu Jintao's cordial greetings and best wishes to President Bouteflika, saying that the two countries share a profound traditional friendship. Since the two countries established the strategic cooperative relations in 2004, the bilateral relations have witnessed a fast developing momentum and fruitful achievements have been gained in pragmatic cooperation in various fields, which have brought tangible benefits to the two peoples, Zhai said. The international and regional situations are currently undergoing profound changes, he said, adding that China is willing to strengthen political exchanges with Algeria, deepen and expand mutually beneficial cooperation, enhance coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, so as to protect the common interests of developing countries.
China is Algeria's reliable friend, and cooperation between the two countries has become a model for promoting relations between developing countries, Bouteflika said. China is enjoying rapid economic development and Algeria expects to learn from China's reform and opening up, further reinforce friendly and pragmatic cooperation with China in various fields and promote the all-round and in-depth development of the strategic cooperative relations between the two countries, he added. President Bouteflika asked Zhai to convey his regards to President Hu Jintao.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concerns.
Zhai arrived in Algeria on March 5 for a visit. He also met with Algerian Foreign Minister Mourad Medelci.