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Ugandan president says China-Africa ties to grow stronger

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday said the China-Africa ties are set to grow deeper, noting that their cooperation dates back to the colonial era when many African countries were fighting for independence.

Museveni was speaking at a ceremony held here to commemorate the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

“I am here to salute the contribution of China to the emancipation of Africa. All those countries which were fighting (to gain independence) got support from the Chinese government,” Museveni said.

He said although China was underdeveloped then, it made sure it supported the African freedom fighters.

Museveni also said that African countries have supported China both diplomatically and in terms of trade.

The Ugandan leader said that many African countries import their products from China, citing Uganda which imports goods worth 800 million U.S. dollars from China.

He hailed China for noninterference in domestic issues noting that unlike Western powers, the Asian country just expresses its opinion which you can take or leave.

“Chinese don’t come here to tell us what to do. They come, you give your opinion and they give theirs. They will always take yours because they know it is your country,” he said.

Zheng Zhuqiang, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda hailed Uganda for its support to China on international issues like the South China Sea and the one-China Policy.

The ceremony that was also among others attended by foreign envoys, cultural leaders had performances which included singing, dancing and martial arts by Chinese and Ugandans. 

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EARLIER REPORT:

Ugandan president hails China-Uganda ties as
Chinese community celebrates National Day

KAMPALA Uganda (Xinhua) -- The Chinese community in Uganda on Monday celebrated the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who attended the ceremony held here hailed the China-Uganda ties, noting that many of the country’s infrastructure projects have been constructed with funding from China.

He applauded China’s noninterference policy in domestic matters of sovereign countries.

“Chinese don’t come here to tell us what to do. They come, you give your opinion and they give theirs. They will always take yours because they know it is your country,” he said.

Zheng Zhuqiang, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, hailed Uganda for its support to China on international issues.

“China deeply appreciates the firm support of Uganda on the issue of South China Sea, Tibet and Taiwan. At present, with the joint efforts of President Xi Jinping and President Museveni, our bilateral relationship has entered the best period in history,” Zheng said.

The ceremony that was also among others attended by foreign envoys had performances which included singing, dancing and martial arts by Chinese and Ugandans.

China was one of the first countries in the world to recognize Uganda’s independence from British rule in 1962.

China is now the largest source of foreign investment to Uganda and the total Chinese investment exceeded 4.25 billion U.S. dollars by end of 2016, according to Chinese embassy figures.

Among the key investments are in infrastructure and mining sector. China is funding the construction of the 1.68 billion dollar Karuma Hydropower Plant, the 568 million dollar Isimba Hydropower Plant, and the 470 million dollar Entebbe-Kampala Expressway, among others.

China National Offshore Oil Corporation has invested about 2 billion dollars in developing Uganda’s oil fields. 

           

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