Chinese President Xi Jinping has met with his counterpart from Sierra Leona, Ernest Bai Koroma, who is in China on a state visit. The two countries established diplomatic relations 45 years ago. President Xi says China is willing to work with Sierra Leone in areas such as military, education and media. His government is also encouraging more Chinese companies to set up mining operations in the country. Meanwhile, Koroma has thanked China for its help during the recent Ebola epidemic. He says his country is currently working on 10 cooperation deals that were proposed at last year's China-Africa Forum in Johannesburg.