Head of State and Government and Commander-In-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces President Robert Mugabe says, Zimbabwe will forever cherish its friendship with China and the assistance the Asian nation has rendered and continues to give to the people of Zimbabwe.Â
Speaking at a special birthday party hosted by the Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe, in Harare over the weekend, Cde Mugabe said Zimbabwe deeply appreciates the stance taken by China to veto the malicious western resolution which sought to impose UN sanctions on Zimbabwe.
In his address at the occasion Cde Mugabe expressed his gratitude to the government and the people of China for the longstanding friendship between the two countries describing it as a sincere and long lasting friendship which started when China trained Zimbabweâ€™s liberation war cadres and gave them material support.
Cde Mugabe told the guests that Zimbabwe has continued to guard and protect its independence and sovereignty and has given land to the people butÂ is going through a difficult stage in its history which requires unity among its people and the support and solidarity of true friends such as China.
He said Zimbabwe remains Chinaâ€™s truest, honest and loyal friend and urged the Asian nation to continue standing with Zimbabwe and help her cross the bridges that it wants to cross.
Cde Mugabe noted that Zimbabwe and other African countries have a lot to learn from Chinaâ€™s economic success which is an envy for many western countries.
President Mugabe condemned attempts by the west to use clandestine activities in undermining national governments of other countries such as the issue of Tibet and the Dalai Lama, and the Taiwan question where the west supports the separation of these states.
The hosting of President Mugabeâ€™s birthday party at the Chinese embassy is the first time that the event has been held at a foreign embassy.
The celebration was also in recognition of 30 years of Chinese-Zimbabwe diplomatic ties which were established at Zimbabweâ€™s independence in 1980.