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China praises VP Chiwenga for contributing to China-Zimbabwe relations

Wang Yi added that under the guidance of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and President Xi Jinping, China-Zimbabwe relations are strong to withstand unilateralism and bullying by unfriendly nations.

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  • Wang Yi spoke highly of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between China and Zimbabwe, and praised Chiwenga for contributing to the all-round development of China-Zimbabwe relations.

THE visiting Chinese foreign minister Wang Yi yesterday praised Acting President Constantino Chiwenga for contributing towards the development of solid China-Zimbabwe relations, and said China believes that Zimbabwe has the wisdom and the ability to overcome the temporary difficulties.

Wang Yi added that under the guidance of President Emmerson Mnangagwa and President Xi Jinping, China-Zimbabwe relations are strong to withstand unilateralism and bullying by unfriendly nations.

China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi, who is also a State Councillor, met Vice President Chiwenga in Harare on his second day of a state visit which comes as the two counties mark 40 years of strong ties and relations.

Speaking at a dinner hosted in honour of the Chinese Foreign Affairs, Acting President Chiwenga said it was his hope that six new projects Zimbabwe had presented for consideration by China to enhance economic cooperation between the two countries would receive China’s support to push the two countries’ economic cooperation for mutual benefit.

“As you are aware, Your Excellency, we have set ourselves a target to attain the status of an upper middle income economy by 2030. It is our hope that these projects, if started early, will provide the impetus that we need towards that objective.”

He added: “A friend in need is a friend indeed. Zimbabwe regards China as a true friend. Zimbabwe attaches great importance to the development of friendly relations with China.

“We should take the 40th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations as an opportunity to transform our high political mutual trust into practical cooperation in economic, trade and other fields, promote the upgrading of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between the two countries.

“Zimbabwe thanks China for its selfless support and help for Zimbabwe’s economic development and post-disaster reconstruction for a long time.

“Zimbabwe welcomes more Chinese enterprises to invest and start businesses in Zimbabwe, and will strive to improve business environment and the ease of doing business.”

He added that Zimbabwe firmly adheres to the one-China policy, supports China on all issues involving its core interests, and stands together with China in international affairs.

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Wang Yi spoke highly of the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between China and Zimbabwe, and praised Chiwenga for contributing to the all-round development of China-Zimbabwe relations.

Wang Yi said, “During the period of struggle for national liberation, China and Zimbabwe were close brothers who fought side by side; during the current national construction process, we are mutually beneficial and win-win partners. Zimbabwe has a broad future with its rich resources.

“China supports Zimbabwe in speeding up the pace of reform and supports Zimbabwe in exploring the road to development in line with its own national conditions.

“China is willing to share the experience in economic and social development and governance with Zimbabwe with no reservation, and continue to provide assistance and support within its capability.”

The two sides should closely coordinate and cooperate in multilateral affairs, and jointly oppose unilateralism and bullying, Wang Yi remarked.

He added that China believes that Zimbabwe has the wisdom and the ability to overcome the temporary difficulties.

“China will always be a good friend and trusted partner of Zimbabwe.

“Under the personal concern and guidance of President Xi Jinping and President Mnangagwa, China-Zimbabwe relations have achieved fruitful results and are facing important opportunities. Just now, my talks with Foreign Minister Moyo were fruitful and a lot of important consensus was reached, which can be summarized for three points:

“First, China-Zimbabwe friendship is unbreakable. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Zimbabwe.

“Over the past 40 years, Sino-Zimbabwe friendship has withstood the test of strong winds and waves and has always been unswerving. Among others, the most fundamental experience is mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual support.

“China supports the efforts of the Zimbabwe people to safeguard its national sovereignty and national dignity, and supports its independent choice of a path to development in line with its national conditions.

“We also appreciate the fact that Zimbabwe has made its relations with China a diplomatic priority, and we thank Zimbabwe for its valuable support in relation to China’s core interests.

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“We are willing to be good friends, good partners and good brothers with Zimbabwe forever.

“Second, there are broad prospects for Sino-Zimbabwe cooperation. This year, China will build the well-off society in an all-round way and achieve the first centenary goal. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Zimbabwe’s independence.

“Both countries are at an important point of national development and rejuvenation. The two sides should adhere to the concept of win-win cooperation, continue to carry out good cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, mining and so on, and actively expand new growth points.

“We understand that Zimbabwe is currently facing some bottlenecks and difficulties, and believe that Zimbabwe has the wisdom and ability to meet these challenges.

“As a good friend of Zimbabwe, we are also willing to actively provide policy advice in accordance with the wishes of the Zimbabwe people, and share the experience of the Chinese side. The joint construction of “Belt and Road Initiative” and the China-Africa Cooperation Forum are two major platforms for promoting Sino-Zimbabwe cooperation, and will provide an important driving force for Zimbabwe’s economic and social development.

“Third, Sino-Zimbabwe cooperation has great potential. In the face of the turbulent and restless international situation, both China and Zimbabwe are firmly on the right side of history, on the side of justice, and on the side of the common interests of the vast number of developing countries.

“We all advocate equality among countries, big or small, and oppose the use of strength over the weak; we all insist that all countries should pursue mutual benefit and win-win and oppose the zero-sum game; and we all believe that multilateralism and the basic norms of international relations should be safeguarded, and unilateralism and bullying should be opposed.”

Wang arrived in Zimbabwe on Saturday evening on a two-day visit as part of an African tour that has already taken him through Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea and Burundi.

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