Friday, October 18, 2013

(NEWZIMBABWE, XINHUA) Mugabe meets Chinese Foreign Minister
25/09/2013 00:00:00
by Xinhua

CHINA will work with Zimbabwe and other African nations to push for greater development in the relations between the Asian country and the continent to benefit the two peoples, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Tuesday. Wang made the remarks during a meeting with President Robert Mugabe at the UN headquarters in New York.

He said Mugabe is not only a well-known leader of the national liberation movement in Africa, but also an old friend of the Chinese people.

Chinese-Zimbabwean ties have stood the test of time and the two countries' traditional friendship is full of fresh vigor and vitality, said the Chinese top diplomat.
Mugabe agreed that Africa and China have enjoyed an unbreakable traditional friendship.

China was the most reliable friend of Africa during the continent's national liberation movement decades ago, he said, adding that the Asian country is still the most reliable, cooperative partner when African nations seek better development.

Mugabe said Zimbabwe firmly adheres to its "Look East" policy, as China is the only country in the world that has provided sincere and selfless assistance to Africa and cooperated with the continent on the basis of mutual respect, equal treatment, mutual benefit and win-win results.

The president also voiced his belief that cooperation between China and Zimbabwe, as well as other African nations, has bright prospects.

Opening the first session of the eighth parliament on Tuesday last week, Mugabe said China will play a bigger role in water and energy infrastructure development in Zimbabwe in the coming few years.

China's Sino Hydro and China Machinery and Equipment Company had won tenders to expand Kariba and Hwange Power Stations, each expected to add an additional 900 megawatts to the national grid. Both projects are supported by a Chinese loan of 144 million U.S. dollars

The president also said the capital city Harare will, in collaboration with an unnamed partner, implement a revamped water service delivery plan.

"The plan will see the construction of three new dams and additional water treatment plants over a period of seven years," he said.

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