Welcome President Hu

Hu jin tao is on a state visit. Why is Mauritius on the list of 5 nations , Saudi Arabia, Senegal, Mali, Tanzania? This is his second trip to Africa since the 2006 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

The two day visit is going to disrupt our usual routine and mark the visit of one of the most influential person of the world. School children and civil servants will be on leave and the main roads closed to traffic. Is it too much fuss for the event?

We have been told that this is the security norm for a state visit. Mauritius does not want something dramatical to President Hu to happen during his visit and we want him to be impressed by Mauritius as a hospitable and friendly nation. Let us be realistic, who has more to gain out of this visit?

Being a China born person, I personally feel a sense of connection to China. I see the progress of China in world affairs as  justified not  because of my back ground but more importantly because China has the largest population of the world.

Let us enjoy his visit and hope that the ties between our two nations get even stronger.


#1 Darlene on 02.16.09 at 8:11 pm

I managed to catch the arrival of President Hu on TV and I was caught by the excitement bug …I feel so honored that the President of one of the most powerful nations of the world choose to come to our Mother Land to strengthen the relationship between the 2 countries……It is a lesson to be learned!

#2 Theo on 02.20.09 at 8:30 am

Measures taken were a reflection of our pore and outdated infrastructure. Nothing more nothing less. We can hardly get around the island on any regular day!
The visit was historic… for Mauritius. The Chinese have a very clear development strategy. We on the other hand, we are just happy whenever something happens, even though the majority clearly has no idea of why it is happening as local Media is very poor in reporting foreign developments and their impact on Mauritius.
As usual “keeping them in the dark” has been deemed as a better policy than empowerment through transparency.

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