Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi expected today

09 Feb, 2011 - 21:02 0 Views

The Herald

Herald Reporter
Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Yang Jiechi is expected in the country this evening on a two-day visit.
He will be leading an 11-member delegation and is expected to sign various co-operation deals during his visit.
Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Xin Shunkang said this would be the minister’s first stop on his five-nation tour of Africa.
“The visit is aimed to consolidate the friendship between China and Zimbabwe.
“It is also aimed at showing our support to Zimbabwe’s justified requests at the international arena,” Ambassador Shunkang said.
China has stood by Zimbabwe in the face of the onslaught by the Western countries that have imposed illegal sanctions on the country.
“The minister will sign various business deals during his visit and will hold meetings with various senior Government officials,” he said.
Minister Yang will also officially launch the Agriculture Demonstration Centre at Gwebi Agriculture College.
The Chinese government has assisted Zimbabwe in various sectors that include agriculture, education and health. Beijing has also promised to provide money to build a new Parliament and the second phase of renovations of the National Sports Stadium.
Minister Yang’s visit is at the invitation of his counterpart, Minister Simbarashe Mumbengegwi. After his visit to Zimbabwe he will also tour Gabon, Togo, Ghana and Chad.

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