|Hu Jintao Holds Talks with Zimbabwean President Mugabe|
On the afternoon of July 26, 2005, Chinese President Hu Jintao met with Zimbabwean President Robert Gabriel Mugabe in the Great Hall of the People. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on the bilateral relations and issues of common concern and agreed to carry on the traditional friendship between the two countries, deepen the mutually beneficial cooperation and jointly open new prospects for China-Zimbabwe friendly and cooperative relations in the new century.
Hu made positive comments on China-Zimbabwe relations, saying that over the 25 years since the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries the bilateral relations have been developing steadily. The exchanges between the leaders of the two countries remain frequent, bilateral economic and trade cooperation continues expanding and both sides have conducted fruitful cooperation in such fields as culture, education and health and extended understanding and support to each other on major international and regional issues. We admire and appreciate that Zimbabwe firmly pursues the one-China policy and supports China's great undertaking of peaceful reunification. Facts show that China and Zimbabwe are sincere friends and reliable partners.
Mugabe said that the Zimbabwean people and the Chinese people share profound traditional friendship. Over years the Chinese government and people have offered enormous support for the Zimbabwean people in their fighting for national independence and developing national economy, which the Zimbabwean people will never forget. Zimbabwe is satisfied with the progress of bilateral ties, and he believes that this visit will help deepen the friendship of the two peoples and reinforce the already existing friendly and cooperative relations between the two countries. Mugabe reiterated that the Zimbabwean government resolutely follows the one-China policy.
Hu noted that under new situation China expects to work with Zimbabwe to further consolidate and develop the friendly relations with long-term stability and all-round cooperation from the following four aspects: first, maintaining the momentum of high-level exchanges between the two countries and strengthening the friendly exchanges between governments, parliaments and political parties in a bid to lay down a more solid political foundation for the development of China-Zimbabwe relations; second, expanding bilateral economic and trade cooperation and seeking mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation and common development. Both sides should make full use of their respective advantages to complement with each other and actively explore new ideas, ways and methods of broadening economic and trade cooperation. The cooperative projects which have been established should be implemented faithfully. China encourages and supports the mutually beneficial cooperation between the businesses of the two countries; third, China is willing to strengthen cooperation with Zimbabwe in the field of human resources and provide more training to the Zimbabwean people through the platform of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. Meanwhile, continuous efforts will be made to expand the bilateral cooperation in the fields of culture, education and health and promote the social progress of both countries; fourth, enhancing bilateral coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs.
Mugabe indicated that the Zimbabwe-China friendly relations have covered all the fields of bilateral cooperation and it is very important to make plan for the bilateral relations in the new century. Zimbabwe will faithfully implement the bilateral cooperation agreements and push for the in-depth development of pragmatic cooperation in such fields as politics, economy and trade, culture, education and health.
When talking about bilateral relations, Hu pointed out that China always attaches importance to the solidarity and cooperation with African countries. As an effective mechanism of China-Africa collective dialogue and pragmatic cooperation, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is playing an increasingly important role. China expects to make joint efforts with African countries including Zimbabwe to ensure the success of the next round of ministerial meeting of the Forum to be held in Beijing next year and make new contributions to advancing the new type of partnership with long-term stability, equality, mutual benefit and all-round cooperation between China and Africa.
Mugabe noted that China is a sincere friend of Africa and Zimbabwe values the important role of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation very much. Zimbabwe would like to work with China to strengthen the Africa-China partnership, safeguard the rights and interests of developing countries and promote common development.
Following the talks, the two leaders attended the signing ceremony of the Agreement on Economic and Technological Cooperation between the Government of the People's Republic of China and the Government of the Republic of Zimbabwe and other documents.
Ahead of the talks, Hu held a welcome ceremony for Mugabe's visit to China at the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People. Hu's wife Liu Yongqing, Vice Premier Wu Yi of the State Council, Vice Chairman Han Qide of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, Vice Chairman Liu Yandong of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference, Vice Chairman of the Central Committee of China National Democratic Construction Association, Vice Foreign Minister Dai Bingguo, Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Zhang Xianyi and other officials were present at the ceremony.