saviour kasukuwere 15.11.10.jpgThe Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Vice Chairman, who is also the Vice President of the Chinese People’s Association for Peace and Disarmament, Mr. Li Wuwei, has dismissed claims from the West that Sino-Africa relations are a form of colonialism.

He said China shares common history with African nations.

Mr. Liu is heading a Chinese delegation which arrived in the country on Wednesday.

Speaking at a seminar on strengthening China-Africa and China-Zimbabwe cooperation especially among youths in Harare, Mr. Liu said China will not stop to support and engage Africa regardless of attempts by other circles to tarnish the initiative.

The Youth Development, Indigenisation and Empowerment Minister, Cde Saviour Kasukuwere, took the opportunity to call for China to help Zimbabwe find an alternative source of energy as unreliable power in the country is hindering industrial development.

“We are seeking ways of engaging Chinese investments to find ways of establishing alternative power sources in Zimbabwe to revive our industry. China has excelled in harnessing solar and wind energy and we hope they will be in a position to help us,” he said.

The Chinese government established the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation, FOCAC, and relations between the African continent and the Asian economic giant have been growing strong.

In 2001, trade between China and Africa stood at US$10 billion but has since soared to US$130 billion by last year and China has since emerged as Africa’s largest trading partner contributing around 20% of the continent’s economic growth rate.