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Article Date: November 17, 2008
After a few-day visit to the country during which it held fruitful talks with parliament members, the Chinese parliamentary delegation is leaving Yemen.
During the visit, the delegation, which included 25 parliament members and other officials, signed an agreement with the Yemeni parliament under which China's parliament will give the Yemeni parliament $300,000.
The agreement was signed by Minister of Planning and International Cooperation Abdul Karim Al-Arhabi and the Chinese Ambassador to Yemen.
The delegation also held talks with Yemeni parliamentarians and heads of parliament blocs that focused on means to strengthen the relationship between the two parliaments.
Earlier, the parliament approved giving Chinese companies concessions to explore and produce oil and minerals.
Yemen is one of the Middle East most importers of Chinese products particularly cloth, spare parts, generators and other necessary equipment.Chinese products largely occupy Yemeni markets since they are cheap and suitable for a country where the average salary is YR 30 ( $150) a month.