Below are remarks on Zimbabwe sanctions made by China’s Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian at his Regular Press Conference on October 26, 2020:
Shenzhen TV: October 25 is the “Anti-Sanctions Day” established by the Southern African Development Community (SADC). Yesterday, a number of African countries called on the West to lift illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe as soon as possible. What is China’s comment?
Zhao Lijian: Last year the 39th SADC Summit of Heads of State and Government declared October 25 as the “Anti-Sanctions Day” and called on the United States and a few other countries and organizations to lift sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe as soon as possible. We noted that as the second “Anti-Sanctions Day” was marked yesterday, African countries once again spoke out. China supports their voice for justice.
The long-term unilateral sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by a handful of countries and organizations, including the United States, have seriously damaged Zimbabwe’s ability to develop its economy and improve people’s livelihood, hindered efforts to deepen cooperation and achieve common development in the Southern African region, and also impacted the international political and economic order and the global governance system.
China has always firmly supported Zimbabwe and other African countries in opposing external interference and pursuing the path of independent development. We hold that the international community should play a constructive role in helping Africa maintain stability and achieve development.
The few countries and organizations, such as the United States, should lift illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe as soon as possible and take practical actions to help it fight the epidemic and resume economic development.