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Wang Yi: China and Zimbabwe will be good friends, good partners and good brothers forever
2020/01/13

On January 12, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Minister for Foreign Affairs and International Trade Moyo met with the press together in Harare.

Wang Yi said, under the personal concern and guidance of President President Xi Jinping and President Mnangagwa, China-Zimbabwe relations have achieved fruitful results and are facing important opportunities. Just now, my talks with Foreign Minister Moyo were fruitful and a lot of important consensus was reached, which can be summarized for three points:

First, China-Zimbabwe friendship is unbreakable. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Zimbabwe. Over the past 40 years, Sino-Zimbabwe friendship has withstood the test of strong winds and waves and has always been unswerving. Among others, the most fundamental experience is mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual support. China supports the efforts of the Zimbabwe people to safeguard its national sovereignty and national dignity, and supports its independent choice of a path to development in line with its national conditions. We also appreciate the fact that Zimbabwe has made its relations with China a diplomatic priority, and we thank Zimbabwe for its valuable support in relation to China's core interests. We are willing to be good friends, good partners and good brothers with Zimbabwe forever.

Second, there are broad prospects for Sino-Zimbabwe cooperation. This year, China will build the well-off society in an all-round way and achieve the first centenary goal. This year also marks the 40th anniversary of Zimbabwe's independence. Both countries are at an important point of national development and rejuvenation. The two sides should adhere to the concept of win-win cooperation, continue to carry out good cooperation in infrastructure, agriculture, mining and so on, and actively expand new growth points. We understand that Zimbabwe is currently facing some bottlenecks and difficulties, and believe that Zimbabwe has the wisdom and ability to meet these challenges. As a good friend of Zimbabwe, we are also willing to actively provide policy advice in accordance with the wishes of the Zimbabwe people, and share the experience of the Chinese side. The joint construction of "Belt and Road Initiative" and the China-Africa Cooperation Forum are two major platforms for promoting Sino-Zimbabwe cooperation, and will provide an important driving force for Zimbabwe's economic and social development.

Third, Sino-Zimbabwe cooperation has great potential. In the face of the turbulent and restless international situation, both China and Zimbabwe are firmly on the right side of history, on the side of justice, and on the side of the common interests of the vast number of developing countries. We all advocate equality among countries, big or small, and oppose the use of strength over the weak; we all insist that all countries should pursue mutual benefit and win-win and oppose the zero-sum game; and we all believe that multilateralism and the basic norms of international relations should be safeguarded, and unilateralism and bullying should be opposed.

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