Zim, China relations stronger than ever

By ZBC Reporter
THE visiting Chinese foreign minister, Mr Wang Yi says his country and Zimbabwe’s relationship have been taken to another level since President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over in 2017.
He said this at a bilateral meeting held in Harare between his delegation and that of Zimbabwe led by foreign affairs minister Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo.
“The relationship has stood the test of time, we supported and trusted each other which is a good example of South to South cooperation. Since President Emmerson Mnangagwa took over the leadership of the country, our relationship has been taken to another level,” he said.
It has become a diplomatic tradition by the Chinese to start the year with a visit to Africa which cements the Asian giants partnership with Africa.
“It is a great pleasure to come back to Zimbabwe as part of the tradition of Chinese diplomacy that we first visit Africa as concrete action and sincere friend and partner of the continent. Today i have come and chosen Zimbabwe as last and important stop in Africa,” he said.
In his opening remarks at the bilateral meeting, foreign affairs minister Retired Lieutenant General Sibusiso Moyo said the visit by the Chinese foreign minister gives an opportunity to reflect on the growth of a relationship between the two countries and chat the way forward for the benefit of future generations.
“Zimbabwe greatly appreciates the support it received from China through a number of projects such as the Victoria Falls and Kariba airports which have been completed as well as humanitarian affairs assistance. I would like to reiterate that Zimbabwe values this relationship,” he said.
The bilateral meeting was attended by ministers, permanent secretaries and the Reserve bank of Zimbabwe governor Dr John Mangudya.