The Herald (Harare)

Zimbabwe: China Pledges to Continue Supporting Zim

Harare — CHINA has commended the Zimbabwean Government and pledged to continue supporting the country in tackling its economic and political challenges.

The remarks were made this week by China's Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Yuan Nansheng at the Zimbabwe Staff College where he was addressing senior officers on China's foreign and defence policies.

"First on the political front, we support the efforts Zimbabwean people have made to restore social tranquillity and develop national economy and oppose any exterior interference in the internal affairs of Zimbabwe in any form.

"We believe that the Government of Zimbabwe has the ability to solve the problems on their own," Amb Nansheng said.

He said China would continue to rally behind Zimbabwe and continue strengthening the strong ties, which dated back to the liberation struggle.

"We will maintain exchange of high level visits between our two countries. On the other hand, we will always enjoy the support from you on the One China Policy and any other issues in international affairs," he said.

Mr Nansheng called upon Chinese companies to continue investing in Zimbabwe.

"On economic co-operation we encourage more Chinese companies to invest in Zimbabwe based on the principle of mutual benefit and win-win results," he said.

He said the Chinese companies should take social responsibilities to benefit the ordinary Zimbabwean people.

"We will implement the outcome of the Beijing Summit especially the eight measures in Zimbabwe. We will further expand the bilateral trade," he said.

China and Zimbabwe, he said should enhance exchange programmes and co-operation in education, science and technology, culture, public health, sports and tourism.

"Through cultural exchange programmes, our two peoples can learn from each other and increase mutual understanding and friendship," he said.

The ambassador said China and Zimbabwe enjoy long-standing relations dating back to the liberation struggle.

"China and Zimbabwe enjoy profound friendship with a long history. Whether during the liberation struggle or after independence, China has provided valuable and selfless assistance to the Zimbabwean people," he added.

He said the bilateral ties have grown from strength to strength and China would continue supporting the southern African country.

"China will provide further assistance to Zimbabwe to the best of its capacity," he said.

Mr Nansheng also said China would continue to strengthen its close ties with Africa in its efforts to enhance economic development of the continent.

He added that the Asian country wanted to continue supporting Africa to economically develop as well as to be united as a continent.

"First, sincerely, friendship and equality. China adheres to the five principles of peaceful coexistence, respects African countries independent choice of the road of development and supports African countries' efforts to grow stronger through unity," Amb Nansheng said.

"Third mutual support and close co-ordination. China will strengthen co-operation with Africa in the United Nations and other multilateral systems by supporting each others' just demand and reasonable propositions and continue to appeal to the international community to give more attention to questions concerning peace and development in Africa," he said.

Africa and China he added should also work together to strengthen exchange and co-operation in key areas including education, science, culture and health sectors.

Mr Nansheng said China also sought to enhance a new type of strategic partnership with Africa that strengthens co-operation in political relations of equality and trust.

The partnership will also see the establishment of a regular high level political dialogue mechanism and strategic dialogue to enhance mutual political trust and traditional friendship and achieve common progress through unity.

He said China was also ready to continue friendly consultations with some African countries to seek a solution to reduce the debts owed to China.

"China will do its best to provide and gradually increase assistance to African nations with no political strings attached," he said.

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