China pledges to advance relations with Zimbabwe

21:19, February 26, 2010      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (1st R) meets with visiting Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi(1st L) in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

China on Friday pledged to work with Zimbabwe to expand political trust and economic cooperation, in a bid to advance bilateral ties to a higher level.

"We value the traditional friendship with Zimbabwe," Vice President Xi Jinping told visiting Zimbabwean Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi.

Hailing the 30-year diplomatic relations between the two nations, Xi said China and the African country had enjoyed fruitful cooperation in various sectors and profound friendship between the two peoples.

"We applaud Zimbabwe's firm support in issues concerning our core and major interests," Xi said.

Xi hoped the two nations would have more high level visits, increase coordination in international affairs, and jointly safeguard rights and interests of all developing countries.

"We will continue to give help and support within our capacity to Zimbabwe for its economic and social progress," he noted.

Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (front R) shakes hands with visiting Zimbabwe's Foreign Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi in Beijing, capital of China, Feb. 26, 2010. (Xinhua/Li Xueren)

China attaches great importance to developing relations with African countries. At the fourth ministerial meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Egypt in November 2009, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao announced eight new measures to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in the next three years.

The eight measures include the fight against climate change, intensification of technical-scientific cooperation, reinforcement of Africa's financial capacities and increased accessibility of African products to the China market.

"We will fulfill the eight measures and promote the China-Africa friendly cooperation to benefit the African people," Xi told the Zimbabwean foreign minister.

Echoing Xi, Mumbengegwi said his country highly appreciated China's unselfish help for its national and economic development within the bilateral and the FOCAC framework.

The minister also spoke highly of China's important role in recent years in promoting the settlement of Zimbabwe's political disputes through negotiation and the establishment of an inclusive government.

Zimbabwe would firmly adhere to the one-China policy, and was ready to work with China to expand cooperation in various areas, Mumbengegwi noted.

Mumbengegwi was here on an official visit from Feb. 23 to March 2, at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

Source: Xinhua
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