RABAT, Morocco (AP) _ Leaving Europe for North Africa on Wednesday, Chinese President Jiang Zemine traveled to Morocco for a three-day visit aimed at increasing political and economic cooperation.

Ocean fishing, the export of phosphates, water desalination and military cooperation are expected to be at the heart of discussions between Jiang Zemin and King Mohammed VI.

Jiang and the king, who came to the throne in July following the death of his father King Hassan II, will hold two meetings during the Chinese leaders trip.

The Chinese leader was met at Rabat-Sale airport by Prince Moulay Rachid.

Morocco has long courted China, which has a seat on the U.N. Security Council.

The Chinese leader arrived in Morocco from Portugal. He will travel to Algeria on Saturday and then to Saudi Arabia. He already has visited France and Britain.