opinionBy Lu Youqing, China's Ambassador to Tanzania
A FEW weeks ago, Chama cha Mapinduzi (CCM) concluded its 8th General Congress in great success. Almost at the same time thousands of miles away, Communist Party of China (CPC) convened its 18th National Congress from November 8th to 14th in Beijing.
The 18th National Congress is one of the greatest important meetings being held when China has entered the decisive stage of completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects, deepening reform and opening up, and accelerating the transformation of economic development pattern.
The Congress reviewed the Party's work over the past five years as well as what the Party has implemented since the 16th CPC National Congress, and also clarified the goals and plans of future development. In the past 10 years, China sustained fast economic growth, rose from sixth to the second largest world economy, and ranked first in terms of manufacturing capacity.
China's per capita GDP has exceeded 5000 US dollars, over 300 million Chinese people have been lifted out of poverty, and overall progress has been made in political, cultural and social areas. In the next 10 years, China will firmly march on the path of socialism with Chinese characteristics, speed up the transformation of economic development pattern and adjustment of economic structure, ensure and improve people's livelihood, promote ecological progress.
With such efforts, China could accomplish goals of doubling its 2010 GDP and per capita income for both urban and rural residents, completing the building of a moderately prosperous society in all respects by 2020, and laying a more solid foundation for achieving socialist modernization and the great renewal of the Chinese nation by 2050. China will unswervingly follow the path of peaceful development.
We call for promoting equality, mutual trust, inclusiveness, mutual learning and mutually beneficial cooperation in international relations, and we stress awareness of human beings sharing a community of common destiny. We will increase unity and cooperation with other developing countries, work with them to uphold the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries and support efforts to increase their representation and voice in international affairs.
China will remain a reliable friend and sincere partner of other developing countries. China is the largest developing country in the world, while Africa has more developing countries than any other continent. With a population accounting for one third of the world's total, China and Africa are major forces to promote world peace and development.
No matter how international circumstances change, China will always encourage peace, stability, development and unity in Africa, support African countries to independently choose their own development paths, help African countries strengthen selfdevelopment capacity, and promise to be a good friend, good partner and good brother of African people.
This July, at the fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation held in Beijing, Chinese government announced five priority areas to support peace and development in Africa within the next three years, drawing a blueprint for boosting a new type of China- Africa strategic partnership. With concerted efforts from both sides, China and Africa will enjoy a fast developing relationship and fruitful bilateral cooperation.
III Strengthen China-Tanzania Pragmatic Cooperation China and Tanzania are all-weather partners with frequent high level visits, effective pragmatic cooperation and increasing public friendship. CPC and CCM are brother parties which respectively led its people to gain national independence and embark on economic and social construction. Currently, both China and Tanzania are facing the challenge of improving people's livelihood and promote national development.
CPC and CCM should maintain close communication and learn from each other's similar experience in terms of ruling the country and building the Party's self-capacity. China is the most reliable friend and the most responsible investor for Tanzania.
According to the statistics from Tanzanian Investment Centre, by the end of August 2012, there have been more than 300 Chinese companies investing in Tanzania's infrastructure, agriculture, manufacturing and SME development with a total registered capital of over $1 billion.
China has risen from the sixth largest foreign investor one year ago to the second now. Chinese investments help create over 80 thousand local jobs, and train a large number of management and technical personnel for Tanzania. The just-started natural gas processing plant and pipeline project is another milestone of China-Tanzania cooperation since the construction of TAZARA.
It will be a project of popularity, prosperity and hope, greatly promoting Tanzania's economic and social development and benefiting ordinary Tanzanian people. When CCM opened its 8th General Congress, CPC sent a delegation to attend the opening ceremony with a congratulation message.
After CPC's 18th National Congress, CCM chairman President Kikwete sent a congratulation letter to the newelected CPC General Secretary Mr Xi Jinping. I firmly believe that, under care of the two leaders, China- Tanzania friendship will embrace an even brighter future.