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Wang Yi: China-Tanzania Traditional Friendship Keeps Pace with the Times and Displays New Vigor and Dynamism

2019-06-24

On June 24, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi of Tanzania in Beijing.

Wang Yi said that while mentioning Tanzania, the Chinese people would think of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway. In the process of supporting African national independence and liberation movement, China has forged profound friendship with the African people including Tanzanians. Both sides have always supported, trusted and cooperated with each other, laying a solid foundation for China-Tanzania relations and China-Africa relations. Forged and nurtured by leaders of the older generation of the two countries personally and having gone through the test of the fluctuations of international situations, China-Tanzania friendship will definitely shine with new vitality.

Wang Yi said that the Chinese side has always promoted China-Tanzania relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, and China is Tanzania's trusted friend and long-term cooperative partner. The Chinese side is willing to work with the Tanzanian side to maintain high-level exchanges, strengthen experience exchanges in state governance and administration, and communicate and coordinate closely in international and regional affairs. Taking the joint construction of the Belt and Road Initiative and the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) as an opportunity, the Chinese side is willing to enhance strategic alignment, tap into potential for cooperation, and promote bilateral practical cooperation in various fields for more new results. It is believed that with the support of the two heads of state and the peoples, China-Tanzania friendship will surely keep pace with the times and be better promoted for the benefit of the two peoples.

Palamagamba Kabudi said that China is the first country I visit after my assumption as the Foreign Minister. The Tanzania-Zambia Railway is always the symbol of Tanzania-China friendship and Africa-China friendship. This year marks the 55th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between Tanzania and China. Over the past half century and more, the Tanzania-China friendship, forged by the leaders of the older generation of the two countries, is unbreakable and has been passed down from generation to generation. The all-weather friendship between Tanzania and China has stood the test and displayed dynamism. President Xi Jinping is a much-loved world leader in Tanzania. The Tanzanian side is deeply grateful for the China-Tanzania cooperation guided by President Xi Jinping, as it has helped the Tanzanian side solve many development problems and improved the living standards of the Tanzanian people. I would like to reiterate that Tanzania will always stand together with China on issues concerning China's core interests, and firmly uphold the one-China policy. Tanzania is the most reliable friend of China. The FOCAC Beijing Summit last year can be regarded as a milestone. The Tanzanian side is willing to closely cooperate with the Chinese side to facilitate practical cooperation in such fields as infrastructure construction, production capacity, culture, education and at local level, to promote mutual benefit and win-win results and common development, and bring new vitality to bilateral relations in the new era.

After the meeting, both sides witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements together.

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