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'Chinese consider Zimbabwe as second home'

by Mandla Ndlovu
04 Oct 2022 at 14:47hrs | Views
Chinese nationals living in Zimbabwe now regard the country as their 'second home' and vouch that no slander or smear can undermine thectraditional friendship between the two countries.

Speaking during the occasion to mark the 73 rd anniversary of the People's Republic of China in Harare last Friday, Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun, said China cherished the hospitality of the Zimbabwean people and the mutual historic ties the two nations enjoyed.

He went on to say China's investment into Zimbabwe was free of any political strings or economic coercive requirements.

Ambassador Guo also disclosed that China-Zimbabwe cooperation will always give top priority to supporting Zimbabwe's economic and social development so as to improve the country's capacity of self-generated development.

"The people of our two countries have always supported each other on the basis of our traditional friendship. Chinese communities here regard Zimbabwe as their 'second home.'

While investing in the local economy they live in harmony and share weal and woe with the Zimbabwean people.

"They actively fulfill their social responsibilities by building schools, roads, clinics and wells for local communities, supporting underprivileged students and helping vulnerable groups.

"Zimbabwean people have embraced Chinese investment by participating in job fairs for Chinese companies and sharing their working experiences with their friends and families. Traditional leaders, local councilors and communities have been protecting the development of Chinese companies and speak up for them when they are unfairly treated. All these are the truest portrayal of China-Zimbabwe friendship. No slander or smear can undermine the traditional friendship between our two countries.

"China and Zimbabwe are good friends, good brothers and good partners with a shared future tradition of mutual assistance in times of need. China strongly supported Zimbabwe's struggle for national liberation and after independence, China continues to support Zimbabwe, standing up to oppose interference by external forces and unilateral and illegal sanctions.

"The highlight being that China vetoed the proposed resolution to impose sanctions on Zimbabwe at the UN Security Council in 2008, which was the first time China exercised veto power at the Security Council for an African country.

"In the aftermath of Cyclone Idai and the outbreak of Covid-19 pandemic, China has taken swift action to mobilise resources and provide massive assistance to Zimbabwean people to help them overcome difficulties.

"I would like to reiterate, China-Zimbabwe cooperation will always give top priority to supporting Zimbabwe's economic and social development, to improve its capacity of self-generated development.

"Our cooperation will adhere to recipient driven approaches, respect the independent choice of Zimbabwean government and people, and never attach any political strings or economic coercive requirements. It is always Zimbabwe that makes decisions on what, when and where to build."

Source - Byo24News