The visiting Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National Peopleâ€™s Congress of China, Mr. Zhou Tienong says he is impressed with the warmth and friendliness of Zimbabwean people.
Mr. Tienong was speaking during a meeting with the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, President Robert Mugabe, at State House in Harare this Tuesday afternoon.
The five-man delegation led by Mr. Zhou is in Zimbabwe at the invitation of the House of Senate.
During their meeting with Cde Mugabe, he retraced Sino-Zimbabwe relations from the time when Zimbabwe was waging the liberation struggle and how Cde Mugabe annually visited the eastern ally for both material and humanitarian support for the liberation war cadres who were based in such countries as Mozambique, Botswana and Tanzania.
He also spoke about how some cadres were trained in the Chinese State of Nanking.
President Mugabe spoke highly of the warm ties between the two countries saying bilateral cooperation has continued to be strengthened even after independence where China has stood firmly with Zimbabwe whenever its sovereignty is under threat.
â€œThe imperialist countries like Britain and the United States have always tried to undermine and destabilise our country. So we are grateful of the stance China has always taken in defending our sovereignty,â€ said President Mugabe.
The President also narrated how Zimbabweans have been resilient while suffering under illegal sanctions.
Mr. Zhou pledged Chinaâ€™s continued support for Zimbabwe in the various aspects of need.
Mr. Zhou spoke about the situation in North Africa and its implications for the region saying African countries and the rest of the progressive world should draw lessons from recent developments in that region.
He said in the light of this background, Zimbabwe-China relations should continue to be strengthened.
On bilateral trade, the Chinese Vice Chairman of the National Peopleâ€™s Congress said trade delegation exchanges have increased as a result of President Mugabeâ€™s visit to the Asian country last year.
Meanwhile, Mr. Zhou has hailed Zimbabweâ€™s contributions to Chinaâ€™s developmental programmes, saying Zimbabweâ€™s input has made a difference in the worldâ€™s fastest growing economy.
Speaking while paying a courtesy call on Senate President, Cde Edna Madzongwe, Mr. Zhou said Zimbabweâ€™s contributions to Chinaâ€™s one stop shop is unparalleled.
Mr. Zhou reaffirmed his countryâ€™s support to Zimbabwe, saying his government will continue to stand by Zimbabwe in her time of need.
In July 2008, China together with Russia vetoed a UN resolution to place Zimbabwe on sanctions.
Senate President Edna Madzongwe said Zimbabwe enjoys the bilateral relationships that exist between Zimbabwe and China.
She said it is the humble nature of China which treats every country as an equal that has earned the Asian nation respect throughout the world.
The delegation made a donation pledge of 22 computers, 10 laser printers and scanners, five LCD television sets and many other ICT related accessories meant to improve the operations of parliament.