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Remarks by H.E. Mr. Xin Shunkang at the Reception for Chinese Foreign Aid Workers in Zimbabwe

Dear doctors of Chinese medical aid team, teachers of Confucius Institute in University of Zimbabwe, experts of Chinese agricultural aid team and members of PLAIT,

All Chinese foreign aid workers in Zimbabwe,

Officials from Ministry of Health and Child Welfare, Ministry of Education, Sport, Art and Culture, University of Zimbabwe, Ministry of Agriculture, Mechanisation and Irrigation Development and Ministry of Defence,

Distinguished guests,

Ladies and gentlemen,

Thank you for attending today’s reception. Today’s function serves as a good opportunity for us not only to thank all the Chinese foreign aid workers for their hardworking, but also to review the practical China-Zimbabwe cooperation and further strengthen our traditional friendship.

As we all know, China and Zimbabwe enjoy a profound traditional friendship. The Chinese Government and people value its traditional friendship with Zimbabwe, view Zimbabwe as a trustworthy friend and important partner and provide assistance to Zimbabwe within its capacity. In the spirit of friendship, peace, cooperation and development, we conduct the aid projects that carry our friendship for the Zimbabwean people and show our sincere help for our Zimbabwean brothers. Under the framework of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), Chinese medical aid team, Confucius Institute, agricultural aid team and PLAIT come to Zimbabwe and play a very important role in transferring the friendship of Chinese people to Zimbabwe, expanding our cooperation in health, culture, agriculture and military field and implementing the 8 measures promised by China. They are actually the “backbones” of friendship and cooperation between our two countries. For this, let’s give them another round of applause!

Ladies and gentlemen,

On behalf of the Chinese Government, please allow me to take this opportunity to extend our sincere thanks to the related ministries and organizations for your support and help for our work. The year 2010 is not only Zimbabwe’s 30th anniversary of independence, but also the 30th anniversary of establishment of China-Zimbabwe diplomatic relations. I believe that, with the joint efforts of the relevant departments of China and Zimbabwe, the implementation of the aid measures will be smooth and successful as before Let’s work hand to hand, shoulder to shoulder to push China-Zimbabwe friendship to a new height!

Thank you! Tatenda!谢谢!

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