The coming in of a new administration in Zimbabwe and the recently held 19th national congress of the Communist Party of China (CPC) heralds a new era for both countries and has raised prospects for strengthened cooperation.
This was said by Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Ambassador Huang Ping when he paid a courtesy call on Vice President Retired General Constantino Chiwenga at his Munhumutapa offices this Thursday morning.
Ambassador Huang was accompanied by several officials who are in charge of various departments at the Chinese embassy offices in Harare.
Speaking to journalists, Ambassador Huang said the CPC congress that was held from the 18th to the 24th of October last year in Beijing, was a historic juncture in China’s development, and the coming in of a new dispensation in Zimbabwe heralds a new era.
China is involved in some big budget infrastructure projects in Zimbabwe, including a US$46 million project to fund the construction of a new parliament building in Mount Hampden.
Chinese state-owned Sinohydro is also undertaking a US$2 billion worth of expansion projects at Zimbabwe’s two main, power stations and Ambassador Huang said the second generator at Kariba hydro is expected to become operational before April this year, while the first one is already supplying 150 megawatts to the national grid.
Vice President Retired General Chiwenga was in China early November last year when he was still Commander of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces.
Zimbabwe and China military links date back to the 1960s, when the Asian giant helped train and supply guerrilla fighters from the Zanu’s military wing during the liberation struggle.
President Mnangagwa was part of that effort as he received military training in China in 1963, soon after he joined the struggle.
Ambassador Huang said the Chinese government is taking President Mnangagwa’s impending visit to the Asian economic powerhouse very seriously and preparations are already underway although dates have not yet been finalised.