President Mnangagwa says China is a solid ally
Harare (New Ziana) – China is a solid friend of Zimbabwe and has demonstrated this over the years both on the economic and political fronts through financing several development projects in the country and helping Zimbabwe starve off unwarranted western aggression, President Emmerson Mnangagwa said on Sunday.
He said this after a lengthy meeting at State House with Yang Jiechi, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee.
Yang was in the country as part of his four-nation Africa and Asian tour which kicked off on June 29 and will end on July 4.
President Mnangagwa said: “He came to chat with us here in Zimbabwe on our relations which date back to the period of Munhumutapa, (relations) which we continue to consolidate, broaden, embrace and share the challenges of today,” he said.
“In 2008 when Western countries wanted to invoke Chapter Seven of the UN Charter which would allow them to invade Zimbabwe, the Chinese exercised their veto, this is why we are still here and remain independent so these are solid friends of Zimbabwe.”
President Mnangagwa touted the several Chinese government funded developmental projects such as the Kariba South and Hwange Power Station expansion; the upgrading and expansion of the Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport and the construction of the new Parliament building.
On the other hand, private Chinese firms continue investing in the Zimbabwean economy chiefly in the mining sector.
For example, Dinson Iron and Steel Company (Disco) is building one of the largest steel plants in Africa in Mvuma, while others have made inroads in the growing lithium mining industry in Zimbabwe.
China has also played a key role in helping Zimbabwe’s Covid-19 response programme, providing vaccines, personal protective equipment and other related material.
“This speaks volumes of solid relations between Zimbabwe and China,” he said.