PRESIDENT Mugabe has hailed the multi-faceted relations between Harare and Beijing as
Anhui province of China signed a twinning arrangement with Manicaland Province.
The twinning arrangement covers mining, health, education and tourism sectors among others.
Speaking after meeting visiting Anhui province deputy governor Mr Xie Guangxiang who had paid a courtesy call on him at State House yesterday, President Mugabe said relations between Zimbabwe and China date back to the liberation struggle.
“Relations between us and China started when we were fighting colonialism and after independence we consolidated the relationship.
“We are glad our co-operation has become multi-dimensional, multi-faceted and it is very beneficial to us,” he said.
Added President Mugabe: “The dimension of co-operation in defence and security is probably the longest and most consolidated of all the other dimensions.”
He also acknowledged the co-operation in mining, agriculture and the telecommunication sectors.
The President said he was happy with the twinning arra-ngement between Anhui and Manicaland provinces.
Mr Xie saluted President Mugabe for promoting good political and economic relations between Zimbabwe and China.
He said the Head of State and Government and Commander-in-Chief of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces was highly respected in Anhui Province and throughout China for bringing independence to Zimbabwe and promoting world peace.
Mr Xie invited President Mugabe to visit Anhui Province.
He was in Manicaland on Tuesday where he inspected operations by Chinese diamond firm Anjin Investment at Chiadzwa diamonds fields.
Manicaland Governor and Resident Minister Christopher Mushohwe said the twinning arrangement between Anhui province and Manicaland would change the face of that province.
“We are very excited. The twinning arrangement will bring about infrastructure development and cover such areas as health, education, culture and tourism.
“As a result of this arrangement, Mr Xie has since pledged 100 computers to a primary and secondary school under construction at Arda Transau,” he said.
Meanwhile, Chinese ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Xin Shunkang handed over to President Mugabe cataract equipment that was being used by Chinese eye doctors to carry out cataract operations at Chitungwiza Central Hospital.
The doctors who carried free cataract operations on 515 patients left last week and donated the equipment to Zimbabwe.
President Mugabe thanked Mr Shunkang for the donation saying Government was working hard to improve the state of affairs in public hospitals.
Government hospitals are reeling under the illegal Western sanctions as evidenced by the dilapidation of infrastructure and equipment.