Saturday, March 24, 2012

(HERALD) Chinese delegation leader hails President

Chinese delegation leader hails President
Saturday, 24 March 2012 00:00
Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter

HEAD of a visiting Chinese delegation and Chinese Communist Party Politburo member Cde Lui Qui yesterday commended President Mugabe for his influential role in the establishment of cordial relations between China and Zimbabwe and the rest of Africa.

Cde Lui said this when he paid a courtesy call on the President at State House and pledged China’s continued support to Zimbabwe in all facets of life. “You (President Mugabe) are a friend of the Chinese people and one of the initiators of the liberation for Africa.

“You laid the foundation of friendship for China and Africa and China and Zimbabwe,” he said.

Cde Lui said his delegation’s visit was to further strengthen relations between the two countries and between Zanu-PF and the CPC.

“The Chinese government will be a supporter for Zimbabwe under any circumstances.
“Our parties are important players in both our countries’ political environment,” he said.

President Mugabe lauded the Chinese for supporting Zimbabwe during the liberation struggle.

He thanked the Chinese for providing Zimbabwe material and moral support before and after independence.

“As you are aware we are friends of China, we have been friends for a long time and this dates back to the days of the liberation struggle. We managed to get support from the Chinese during the struggle and we viewed China as a partner in fighting colonialism,” he said.

President Mugabe said Zimbabwe regards China as a great friend.

Zanu-PF national chairman Cde Simon Khaya Moyo said the visit by the Chinese delegation was important for relations between Zanu-PF and CPC.

“This visit is very significant indeed in terms of our two parties. The CPC and Zanu-PF are fraternal friends and we are looking to consolidating it through various ways,” he said.

Cde Khaya Moyo said this included visits by Zanu-PF officials, especially youth leaders, to China for training in leadership.

“What is important is that we must have a party with vision and leaders who know the destiny of the revolution,” he said.

China has supported Zimbabwe, especially in face of illegal sanctions by Western countries and has engaged in various developmental projects.

These include construction of schools, hospitals and the National Defence College that is under construction. The Chinese government has also provided food aid to needy communities.

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