By Margaret Kamba
The People’s Republic of China President Xi Jinping has sent President and First Secretary of ZANU PF Cde E.D Mnangagwa and the people of Zimbabwe a happy 40th anniversary message and affirmed his country’s continued support.
Zimbabwe celebrates 40 years of independence following the sacrifices of many gallant sons and daughters. The PRC played a very crucial role in the attainment of Zimbabwe’s independence as it provided the much needed support to propel the country’s independence.
Lots of the freedom fighters received military training in China while the teachings of the legendary Mao Tse Tung made the highlight of the principles inculcated in them.
In his congratulatory message to, President Xi wished the country best wishes and affirmed his country’s commitment to further working relationship.
“On the occasion of the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Zimbabwe, I wish to extend on behalf of the Chinese Government and the Chinese people and in my own name, to you and through you, to the brotherly Zimbabwean Government and people my warmest congratulations and best wishes,” President Xi said.
“Over the past 40 years, China and Zimbabwe have enjoyed consistent mutual trust and support. Our bilateral relationship has withstood the test of time and the vicissitudes of the international situation. In recent years, we have met several times and made the milestone decision to establish and develop China-Zimbabwe Comprehensive Strategy Partnership of Cooperation. Our leadership has translated into impressive progress in our bilateral relations and cooperation in various fields, bringing tangible benefits to our two countries and two peoples.
“I attach great importance to the development of China-Zimbabwe relationship, which is embracing a great opportunity brought about by its 40th anniversary. I am ready to continue working with you to create stronger synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative and the outcomes of FOCAC Beijing Summit on the one hand and the Zimbabwe vision 2030 on the other.
I look forward to cooperation in broader areas and stronger mutual support on issues concerning each other’s core interests and major concerns. China stands ready to step up cooperation with Zimbabwe to defeat covid-19 and overcome the difficulties it inflicts on us.
This year also marks the 40th anniversary of the independence of the Republic of Zimbabwe. On this occasion, I wish your great nation lasting peace and prosperity and China-Zimbabwe friendship enduring vigor.”