Zimbabwe says happy over ties with China

09:52, April 16, 2010      

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The Zimbabwean government is happy with relations between China and Zimbabwe, a cabinet minister said on Thursday.

Officially opening a photo exhibition marking the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, Zimbabwe Media, Information and Publicity Minister Webster Shamu said Beijing is an all weather friend for Zimbabwe.

The photo show was jointly sponsored by Zimbabwe's Ministry of Media, Information and Publicity and China's Xinhua News Agency.

"The exhibition will help our people to review the road our two countries have travelled over the past 30 years, as well as capturing the success story of Zimbabwe's traditional friendship with China," Shamu said.

Shamu underscored the need for strengthening diplomatic ties between the two countries. "It is important that our two peoples are constantly reminded of our past, take stock of the present and on that basis build even stronger ties", he said.

Speaking at the same occasion, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Xin Shunkang said that Zimbabwe and China have enjoyed a profound friendship.

"The friendly cooperation between our two countries in every field such as politics, economy, health, culture and education has brought delightful results continuously," he said.

The exhibition, said Xin, would deepen mutual understanding and expand friendly relations between the two countries.

The collection of some 100 photos in this exhibition was carefully selected from the huge amount of photos about China- Zimbabwe relations released by Xinhua News Agency in the past 30 years, including those of mutual visits by leaders of both countries, important political events, trade and economic cooperation, cultural exchanges and the Beijing Olympics.

The photos also showed the great achievements attained by both countries in political, economic, social and cultural fields.

The photo exhibition will run for two days at the National Art Gallery and capture memorable moments in the history of the two countries.



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