Chinese President Xi Jinping and his Zimbabwean counterpart Robert Mugabe spoke highly of the friendship between the two countries and agreed to boost pragmatic cooperation so as to achieve common development and prosperity on Tuesday.
The consensus came as Xi, who is in Zimbabwe for a state visit, held talks with Mugabe in the State House in Harare.
Xi said that China and Zimbabwe should be not only good friends in politics but also be close partners in development.
The Chinese president called on both countries to transfer the friendship to strengthening pragmatic cooperation to promote mutual development.
China and Zimbabwe are true friends, and the friendship between the two countries has a long history that has been tested by time, Xi said.
The visit to Zimbabwe is to consolidate the traditional friendship between the two countries, strengthen cooperation, and promote the bilateral relationship to a higher level so as to benefit the people of both countries, he said.
China will continue working with Zimbabwe to develop the two countries into equal, supportive friends, partners, and brothers, Xi said.
China will support Zimbabwe in safeguarding its sovereignty, security, and development rights, and encourage Zimbabwe to play more important roles in international and regional issues, Xi noted. He mentioned that both sides should maintain high-level exchanges, and enhance exchanges in political parties, legislature, and local issues to promote the comprehensive development of cooperation in all-around areas.
Xi said that China is willing to push trade and economic cooperation between the two countries to a more optimized direction, and encourage more Chinese enterprises to invest in Zimbabwe to build modern agricultural, mining, and manufacturing sectors, to participate in the construction and operation of infrastructure including electricity, telecommunications, and transportation, and to make better access to financing.
Both sides need to strengthen the human exchanges and cooperation in education, culture, health, tourism, youth, and media so that the friendship between the two countries can enjoy more popular support, Xi said.
Xi pointed out that China is willing to strengthen the coordination and cooperation with Zimbabwe on significant issues, such as the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and have close collaboration with international organizations to safeguard the benefits of developing countries and promote the democratization of global relations.
China will continue to help in the path of developing countries, Xi said, noting that he expects to work with African countries to make future development plans during the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which will be held on Friday and Saturday in Johannesburg, South Africa, to create a bright future for China-Africa cooperation.
Mugabe said that Zimbabwe warmly welcomes Xi's visit and considers China as a close friend. Zimbabwe highly appreciates China's sincereness in contact with African countries, and the long-term aid that China has offered to Zimbabwe.
Zimbabwe hopes to learn from China in terms of economic and social development, obtain China's support, and enhance cooperation in areas of agriculture, industry, and infrastructure construction, Mugabe said.
Xi and Mugabe witnessed the signing of the economic and technological cooperation agreement between the two governments, and a series of agreements on cooperation in infrastructure construction, productivity, investment and financing, and wildlife protection.
After their meeting, Xi laid wreaths at the cemetery of Zimbabwean national heroes.
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