|Wang Yi Holds Talks with Tanzanian Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi|
On January 8, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Tanzanian Foreign Minister Palamagamba Kabudi in Chato.
Wang Yi said that China-Tanzania relations are precious treasure forged by Chairman Mao Zedong, Premier Zhou Enlai, President Julius Nyerere and other Chinese and Tanzanian leaders of the older generation, which should be carried forward from generation to generation. President Xi Jinping made Tanzania the first stop during his first visit to Africa after taking office as Chinese president in 2013. During that visit, President Xi Jinping proposed the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith for China to deal with its relations with Africa. The recent phone conversation between the two heads of state charted the course for the future development of bilateral relations. China is ready to carry forward the traditional friendship with Tanzania, inject new elements into bilateral relations and push for greater development of China-Tanzania relations in the new era.
Wang Yi said, China firmly supports Tanzania in safeguarding national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, taking a development path that suits its national conditions, opposing external interference and playing a more important role in international and regional arenas, especially in African affairs. He believes that Tanzania will continue to stand with China on issues concerning China's core interests. China is ready to strengthen the exchange of governance experience with Tanzania, advance and discuss practical cooperation in railways, infrastructure and agriculture in line with Tanzania's national development needs and encourage Chinese companies to import more Tanzanian products.
Wang Yi said that Tanzania is an advocate of Pan-Africanism and African solidarity. China stands firmly on the side of developing countries and holds high the banner of multilateralism. China's development is a contribution to the growth of force for peace, for justice and for other developing countries. China highly appreciates Tanzania's important contribution to maintaining solidarity and stability in Africa as well as strengthening China-Africa cooperation. China is ready to work with Tanzania to reflect on and design a blueprint for the development of China-Africa relations in the new era to strengthen the construction of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), elevate China-Africa comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level, and build a closer China-Africa community with a shared future with stronger measures. China is willing to work with Tanzania to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries in international and regional arenas.
Palamagamba Kabudi said that Tanzania-China relations were jointly forged by the older generation of leaders of the two countries and China is Tanzania's all-weather partner and best friend. In the face of the complex and volatile international situation, the Tanzanian side regards China as its most trustworthy and staunch friend and partner. The Tanzanian government will always support China's position on issues related to Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and the South China Sea. Tanzania thanks China for its strong support during Tanzania's struggle for independence and development. He hopes to further deepen Tanzania-China cooperation in infrastructure, health, education, agriculture, fishery and other fields, in a bid to jointly promote the construction of the Belt and Road and continuously strengthen the special friendship between Tanzania and China for the benefit of the two peoples. Tanzania is ready to deepen cooperation with China under the framework of the FOCAC and work closely with China on international and regional issues. Tanzania and China have stood side by side through thick and thin in the past and will continue to work together in the future.
The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern. Tanzanian Ministers of Finance and Planning, Energy, Livestock and Fisheries, Industry and Trade, Transportation, Education, Science and Technology, Minerals and Defence also attended the talks.