China celebrates 73rd independence anniversary

promotes China-Zimbabwe ties

Beaven Dhliwayo

Harare – China’s envoy held a reception at the Embassy of China in Harare to celebrate the 73rd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

China’s National Day falls on October 1.

The reception was attended by Minister of Justice, Legal and Parliamentary Affairs, Hon Ziyambi Ziyambi, Minister of Information, Publicity and Broadcasting Services, Monica Mutsvangwa, members of the diplomatic corps, senior government officials, ZANU PF senior officials, and several distinguished guests.

Addressing the reception, the Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun said in the past 73 years, the Chinese people pulled together and worked hard under the leadership of the Communist Party of China (CPC), and has created the two miracles of rapid economic development and long-term social stability.

In 2021, he said, China’s GDP reached 17.7 trillion USD, almost 1,700 times that of the early days of the PRC, accounting for more than 18 percent of the global economy and contributing an estimated 25 percent to world economic growth.

The Ambassador said China and Zimbabwe are good friends, good brothers, and good partners with a shared future and a long tradition of mutual assistance in times of need.

“We have always worked jointly to oppose hegemony, power politics, and unilateralism while upholding international fairness and justice,” he said.

“Under the strategic guidance of the state leaders of the two countries and following the principles of sincerity, real results, amity, and good faith, China has been supporting Zimbabwe to realize its national development. Our two countries have enjoyed ever-growing excellent relations and sound bilateral cooperation across the board.

“On intergovernmental cooperation, projects such as the National Pharmaceutical Warehouse, the 1,000 Borehole Project, and the New Parliament Building are completed with China’s aid. The Kariba South Hydro Power Station Expansion, Hwange Thermal Power Station Expansion, Victoria Falls International Airport Upgrading, Expansion and Upgrading of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, and Netone broadband construction are implemented with China’s financing support. These projects have improved infrastructures that are urgently needed by Zimbabwe for promoting economic development and people’s livelihood,” he said.

Over the years, China has donated millions of doses of Covid-19 vaccines and sent multiple batches of medical teams and agricultural experts’ groups to Zimbabwe.

Shaochun said China-Zimbabwe cooperation will always give top priority to supporting Zimbabwe’s economic and social development, to improve its capacity for self-generated development.

“Our cooperation will adhere to recipient-driven approaches, respect the independent choices of the Zimbabwean government and people, and never attach any political strings or economic coercive requirements. It is always Zimbabwe that decides on what, when, and where to build.

“Our cooperation will follow the principles of openness and transparency. Every project will always be in the open and the benefits will always be tangible. Our cooperation will stay open and inclusive. We welcome more countries and international institutions to participate in the economic development of Zimbabwe, especially in improving Zimbabwe’s infrastructure and people’s livelihood. To this end, China stays open to trilateral and multilateral cooperation with international society.”

Shaochun encouraged more well-established and capable Chinese companies to invest in Zimbabwe.

“We are glad to see that Chinese private investments are becoming a vital force to promote Zimbabwe’s economy. Some of them are revitalizing the resources that were long idled, some are actively investing in tobacco planting and export, crop farming, building materials manufacturing, freight logistics, and so on. These investments are introducing Zimbabwe’s high-quality products into international markets, bringing considerable forex earnings and tax revenues, tens of thousands of job opportunities, and technology transfers and promoting Zimbabwe’s competitiveness in the global economy.

“The people-to-people exchanges in the area of education and culture have kept expanding while cooperation in political parties and parliaments promoted in recent years. The win-win cooperation between China and Zimbabwe is boasting great potential and broad prospects,” he said.

In a speech read on his behalf by Minister Ziyambi Ziyambi, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Hon Frederick Shava said Zimbabwe has witnessed increased investments by Chinese companies in Zimbabwe.

Shava said the Chinese business community continues to transfer business expertise and create employment opportunities for thousands of the people of Zimbabwe.

“These investments have helped to advance trade and economic co-operation between Zimbabwe and China to greater heights. This is demonstrated by the successful implementation of various projects in the energy, environment, agriculture, infrastructure development, and mining, among others,” he said.

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