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China and Zimbabwe celebrate 35th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties
2015/05/11

On May 6, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Zimbabwe and the Embassy of China in Zimbabwe co-hosted the reception in celebration of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of China-Zimbabwe diplomatic relations. President of the Chinese-African People’s Friendship Association Mr. Abulaiti Abudurexiti and his delegation, Chinese Ambassador Mr. Lin Lin and Minister of Foreign Affairs Mr. Mumbengegwi, Speaker of Parliament Mr. Jacob Mudenda, Minister of Agriculture, Mechanisation & Irrigation Mr. Made, Minister of Environment, Water & Climate Mr. Kasukuwere, Minister of Information Communication Technology, Postal & Courier Services Mr. Mandiwazira, Minister of Health & Child Care Mr. Parirenyatwa, Minister of Welfare Services for the War Veterans Mr. Mutsvangwa, Minister for Provincial Affairs of Manicaland Ms. Chimene and about 400 other senior government and party officials, diplomats, representatives of the Chinese enterprises and community attended the reception.

In his speech, Ambassador Lin said that since the establishment of diplomatic ties 35 years ago, while both countries have witnessed tremendous changes and achievement, our friendship remained stronger than ever. Ambassador Lin spoke highly of the comprehensive progress of bilateral cooperation. He pointed out that the mutual political trust continues to deepen, with H.E. President Robert Mugabe’s successful state visit to China last year marking a new chapter of the all-weather friendship; bilateral trade and investment volume has been expanding, with Zimbabwe receiving top amount of China’s investment among African nations, and China being one of the largest source of investment in Zimbabwe; China continues to support Zimbabwe’s efforts of national construction, providing over $1.5 billion of worth of preferential, concessionary and commercial loans in recent years, as well as more than one hundred millions dollars of grant to Zimbabwe; people-to-people exchanges in art, education and human resources are fruitful and gaining momentum. He quoted the Chinese saying of “One generation plants the trees in whose shade another generation rests” and said that through concerted efforts, China and Zimbabwe will be able to bring more tangible benefit to generations to come. He ended his address by quoting the ancient Chinese philosopher Confucius: “At the age of 30, I had planted my feet firm upon the ground. At 40, I had no more doubts”, and expressed his confidence that with the firm basis of bilateral relations, the shadow of doubts will be cast away, and the China-Zimbabwe friendship will be timeless.

Minister Mumbengegwi delivered a speech on behalf of the Zimbabwean side. By reviewing the decades of history of China-Zimbabwe friendship, he applauded the support of China during Zimbabwe’s liberation struggles and after its independence. “Since 1980, bilateral relations have grown from strength to strength, and the economic cooperation have been deepening and broadening. China has supported Zimbabwe in areas of infrastructure construction, agriculture and experience exchange. Under the framework of FOCAC, China and Zimbabwe has further enhanced cooperation in education and health. Both sides continue to find compatibility and convergence of views on international issues”. He said that China’s rise as a world economic power has brought many benefits to the developing world. He welcomed the visit of President Abulaiti and said that Zimbabwe remains committed to further strengthening of existing relations and the all-weather friendship.

 

At the ceremony, President Abulaiti jointly unveiled the souvenir envelope commemorating the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties with Minister Mumbengegwi, and cut the symbolic cake together with the Vice President of the Zimbabwe-China Friendship Association Ms. Chimene.

The reception was overwhelmed with friendship and enthusiasm. The choir of the Confucius Institute of the University of Zimbabwe sang the national anthems and folk songs of both countries. The Embassy played a video clip, and handed out brochures under the theme of “China – Zimbabwe: Good Friends, Good Partners, Good Brothers”. The guests were also given the souvenir envelopes as present, which was warmly applauded. They expressed their warm congratulations of the 35th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties, their sincere appreciation of China’s support for Zimbabwe, and their heartfelt wishes for the long-lasting China-Zimbabwe friendship.

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