Outgoing Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe, Mr Xin Shunkang has hailed the political and economic cooperation between his country and Zimbabwe which he said has benefitted both nations.
Mr Shunkang affectionately known locally as ‘Chakanaka Chakanaka’ is expected to leave the country this Saturday.
Speaking at a farewell reception at the Chinese Embassy in Harare, Mr Shunkang said trade volumes between Zimbabwe and China have risen to above $900 million this year and expressed his wish that they continue to grow.
“Chinese government provided over $600 million grant and $300 million concessional loans to the Zimbabwean side. With those grants, we were able to conduct projects such as the orphanage school, and the National Sports Stadium,” said Ambassador Shunkang.
Zanu PF National Chairman, Cde Simon Khaya Moyo, who attended the reception, presented a farewell gift to the ambassador and his wife on behalf of the Party and commended Mr Shunkang’s role in enhancing cooperation between the two countries.
“There has always been good relations between Zanu PF had the Chinese government...your stay in the country has benefited us in many ways, economically, and politically,” Cde Moyo said.
Mr Shunkang, who was supposed to have left the country for Namibia last month had his term of office extended for a month by the Chinese government.
The farewell reception was attended by the Minister of Media, Information and Publicity, Cde Webster Shamu, Zanu PF Secretary for Youths, Cde Absalom Sikhosana and other diplomats.