President Mnangagwa cherishes solid relationship between Zimbabwe and China

By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor

President Emmerson Mnangagwa says Zimbabwe and China have a solid relationship which transcends all sectors of the economy.

The President said this after meeting the visiting Chinese delegation led by Mr Yang Jiechi at State House, Harare.

Speaking to journalists after a closed-door meeting, President Mnangagwa hailed the solid relationship that exists between the two countries, saying a number of projects from construction to energy are being carried out by Chinese firms.

“He visited a few countries, one in Europe and two in Africa. He came to chat with us here on our relations which we continue to broaden and embrace as well as share the challenges we have today. I’m sure you are fully aware that the current major projects in the country, like the Kariba South Bank project has been financed by the Chinese; the Victoria Falls airport has been done by Chinese and now it can receive any aircraft, 7 & 8 Hwange projects; RGM international Airport was also financed by the Chinese and it is a very important project; the magnificent Parliament in the region again financed by the Chinese; currently Manhize is being constructed by the Chinese, a billion-dollar project phase 1. This speaks volumes of solid relations between Zimbabwe and China,” said the President.

With a relationship spanning over many decades, President Mnangagwa noted the role played by the Chinese government when Western powers pushed for the United Nations to punish Zimbabwe for embarking on the land reform programme at the turn of the millennium.

The meeting was attended by Vice President General (Retired) Dr Constantino Chiwenga; the Minister of Defence and War Veterans Affairs, Honourable Oppah Muchinguri-Kashiri; the Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Trade, Dr Frederick Shava; the Minister of Local Government and Public Works, Honourable July Moyo; the Minister of Transport and Infrastructural Development, Honourable Felix Mhona and the Minister of Energy and Power Development, Honourable Zhemu Soda, among other senior government officials.