HARARE, (Xinhua) --
China on Wednesday voiced its support to the new
government in Zimbabwe and vowed to deepen traditional bilateral
ties with the southern African country.
Speaking to the
media after meeting Zimbabwe’s new President Emmerson Mnangagwa,
visiting special envoy of the Chinese government and assistant
foreign minister Chen Xiaodong said he delivered a
congratulatory message from Chinese President Xi Jinping to
Mnangagwa following his assumption of office.
Chen said China
would continue to support Zimbabwe’s development path suitable
to its conditions and would enhance mutual cooperation,
including in the international arena.
He hailed the long
standing relations between the two countries, which had stood
the test of time and evolving situations in the world.
“China will continue
to assist Zimbabwe to the best of its ability in pursuit of
economic and social development,” said the special envoy.
“In his message,
President Xi emphasized that China is willing to work with the
new government in Zimbabwe to move forward bilateral ties and
deepen cooperation in various fields for the benefit of the two
countries,” Chen added.
President Xi invited
Mnangagwa to visit China at a time convenient to both sides
while Mnangagwa said China will be the first country he will
visit outside Africa, he said.
assistant foreign minister said Mnangagwa thanked President Xi
for the best wishes on his assumption of duty and conveyed
heartfelt thanks to China for its support to Zimbabwe over the
“Going forward, the
two sides agreed that they are going to develop strategies to
ensure cooperation is broadened and deepened to inject more
impetus to the development and improvement of livelihoods of the
people of Zimbabwe,” Chen said.