Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi, visiting Tanzania, held bilateral cooperation talks with his Tanzanian counterpart Palamagamba Kabudi on Friday.
Wang said China-Tanzania relations are a precious treasure forged by former Chinese President Mao Tse-tung, former Prime Minister Chou En-lai, and former Tanzanian President Julius Nyerere and d ‘other rulers of the older generation of both countries, which must be passed down from generation to generation.
Tanzania was the first African country President Xi Jinping visited after taking office as Chinese president in 2013. During this visit, Xi offered the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity, and good faith for China’s relations with Africa, he said.
The recent telephone conversation between the two heads of state paved the way for the future development of bilateral relations. China is ready to continue the traditional friendship with Tanzania, add a new dimension to the bilateral relations, and encourage further development of China-Tanzania relations in the new era, Wang added.
China strongly supports Tanzania in safeguarding national sovereignty, independence, and territorial integrity, in adopting a development path adapted to its national conditions, in opposition to external interference. and in the more important role it plays on the international and regional scene, especially in African affairs, he said.
We believe that Tanzania will continue to stand with China on matters relating to its fundamental interests. China stands ready to strengthen the exchange of governance experiences with Tanzania, advance practical cooperation in the fields of railways, infrastructure, and agriculture, in line with Tanzania’s national development needs. , and encourage Chinese companies to import more Tanzanian products, Wang added.
“Tanzania is a champion of Pan-Africanism and African solidarity. China stands firmly on the side of developing countries and carries the banner of multilateralism high. China’s development is a growing force for peace, justice, and for other developing countries, ”Wang said.
China highly appreciates Tanzania’s important contribution to maintaining African solidarity and stability as well as strengthening China-Africa cooperation, Wang said.
China is ready to work with Tanzania to reflect and design a master plan for the development of China-Africa relations in the new era to strengthen the construction of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), to carry the strategic partnership Global China-Africa at a higher level, and build a closer Sino-African community of destiny through stronger measures, Wang said.
China is ready to work together with Tanzania to safeguard the rights and legitimate interests of developing countries internationally and regionally, he said.
For his part, Kabudi said that the relations between Tanzania and China have been jointly forged by the older generation of leaders of the two countries and that China is Tanzania’s partner and best friend under all circumstances.
In the face of the complex and unstable international situation, the Tanzanian side regards China as its most reliable and loyal friend and partner. The Tanzanian government will always support China’s position on issues related to Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and the South China Sea, he said.
Kabudi said the Tanzanian side thanked China for its strong support in Tanzania’s struggle for independence and development, hoping to further deepen cooperation between Tanzania and China in the areas of infrastructure, health, education, agriculture, fisheries among others, with the aim of jointly promoting the construction of the “Belt and Road” and continuously strengthening the special friendship between Tanzania and China in benefit of both peoples.
Tanzania is ready to deepen cooperation with China under FOCAC and to work closely with China on international and regional issues, he said.
Tanzania and China have stood side by side through the ups and downs in the past and will continue to work together in the future, Kabudi added.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common interest.