Zimbabwean President Emmerson Mnangagwa met with visiting Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi in Harare. Zimbabwe and China enjoy profound friendship and Zimbabwe regards China as a sincere and reliable friend. The Zimbabwean leader said that he has met with Chinese President Xi Jinping many times and the two heads of state decided to elevate bilateral relations to a comprehensive strategic partnership, an elevation that Zimbabwe is pleased with and proud of. Zimbabwe firmly supports the one-China principle and will continue to support China on all questions concerning Beijing’s core interests.
Zimbabwe hopes to take the opportunity of celebrating the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between two countries to deepen political mutual trust and enhance the level of pragmatic cooperation between Zimbabwe and China. Harare expects more Chinese investors to invest in Zimbabwe, and believes that Zimbabwe will have broader development prospects. China supports Zimbabwe’s efforts to safeguard its national sovereignty and dignity, supports Harare’s choice of a development path that is in line with its national conditions, and supports Harare’s just proposition that unfair sanctions against Zimbabwe should be lifted as soon as possible. On the other hand, China is willing to translate the high degree of political mutual trust between the two sides into an inexhaustible force driving bilateral pragmatic cooperation, and make good use of the Belt and Road Initiative and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to promote more cooperation between the two sides to better serve the interests of the two peoples.