28 April 2014

Tanzania: Kikwete to Grace Sino-Dar Diplomatic Golden Celebrations

Beijing — PRESIDENT Jakaya Kikwete is expected to visit China at the beginning of this year's fourth quarter for the climax of the Sino-Tanzania golden diplomatic celebrations.

Tanzanian Ambassador to China, Abdulrahaman Shimbo said on Saturday when celebrating golden jubilee of the Union Day and Tanzania-China diplomatic relations that the President will climax the jubilation late this year.

During his visit, among other things, the President will kick off the climaxing to celebrate 50 years of diplomatic ties between Dar es Salaam and Beijing.

The Ambassador said that last Saturday's celebrations were part of the first events in marking the 50 years of Sino-Tanzania's brotherly relations and would be followed by a number of activities.

"We will be having a series of activities in both China and Tanzania which eventually will be climaxed by the eventful visit to this country (China) by President Kikwete," Amb Shimbo said.

He added: "Éthe dates...will be confirmed later." However, sources close to the Tanzania Embassy in Beijing said the President will visit China in October, this year, and he will also officially inaugurate an Africa Village at Songzhuang in Beijing.

The village will be the venue for scholars to exchange cultural ideas.

Describing the last 50 years, the Ambassador said, the relations have stood the test of time despite the global social-economic turbulences, political paradigm shifts, leadership changes, and challenges of globalisation.

"Today, we are proud to mention that the relations between our two countries are brotherly and unwavering, thanks to the strong base of mutual respect, equality, strategic partnership and sincere friendship," Mr Shimbo said.

The ceremony, which was attended by over 500 invitees, was coloured by traditional ngoma dance from both side of the Union, the likes of Kibati, Masai, and Chinese traditional music.

Also a Swahili fashion show was staged. The guest of honour was Mr Chen Yuan, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Consultative Conference.

The China's Assistant Minister for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and other Ambassadors and member of diplomatic corps also attended. China Central Television (CCTV) News Journalist, Ms Su Yuting said she was most impressed by the traditional dances that symbolised the strength of Tanzanian cultural.

"The dances interested me a lot, it shows the strength of Tanzania's culture," Ms Su told the 'Daily News'.

China took the Union Day as the date of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Tanzania. Previous diplomatic relations with Tanganyika and Zanzibar started in December 9, 1961 and December 11, 1963 respectively.

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