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China-Tanzania relations deliver fruitful results, show promising future: minister

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China-Tanzania relations deliver fruitful results, show promising future: minister

2024-05-21 23:27 Last Updated At:23:37

Tanzania's Minister for Foreign Affairs January Yusuf Makamba has shared the fruitful results of his trip to China, hailing the strength of bilateral ties over the past 60 years and expressing high hopes for the upcoming China-Africa cooperation forum.

Makamba on Monday wrapped up a five-day official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, and in an interview with the China Global Television Network (CGTN) the previous day, the Tanzanian official highlighted three key takeaways from what he described as a "very good meeting" with Wang during his visit.

"One is bilateral relations between our two countries. We positively assessed the past 60 years of our relations. We also talked about the upcoming FOCAC meeting, and the preparations, and the focus and issues that will be undertaken. We also touched on global affairs and regional affairs as well," he said.

The minister also traveled to south China's tech hub of Shenzhen City, where he said he experienced the high-quality implementation of China's opening-up policy and learned advanced concepts and methods from top Chinese tech companies that could be applied back in his own country.

"Shenzhen holds massive significance even in China's opening-up policy. It's the place where the Chinese government experimented opening-up -- manufacturing, industrialization, modernization -- and we in Africa want to do the same. So it's important to go and see and learn. We met the municipal government and we went to Huawei. So it was a busy, busy, busy trip," he said.

Makamba also outlined his expectations for the upcoming 9th Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), set to be held in Beijing later this year, and believes the gathering will help build effective cooperation among all African attendees and between China and African countries.

Among the many topics and consultations likely to be on the table at the forum, Makamba expects particular emphasis will be placed on the fields of governance, cooperation through Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), achieving agricultural modernization, and on ensuring peace and security.

"We consult amongst us to establish our priorities and our focus areas. Then we come and engage with the Chinese partners. But what we've seen so far, what we've heard so far in initial preparations as focus areas for this FOCAC [is] very good, to build a high-level China-Africa community through modernization. This is a theme that is important for us. Even the four key areas that are going to be pillars of this FOCAC: governance, BRI, agricultural modernization, and peace and security, are important for us, and we're keen and ready to engage on those issues," he said.

China-Tanzania relations deliver fruitful results, show promising future: minister

China-Tanzania relations deliver fruitful results, show promising future: minister

A Chinese defense spokesperson Friday said China will take all necessary countermeasures against the Philippines' dangerous and escalating acts.

Zhang Xiaogang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, made the remarks when responding to a media question about the recent moves by the Philippine side in areas of Ren'ai Jiao (Reef) and Xianbin Jiao.

"Nansha Qundao (Nansha Islands), including Ren'ai Jiao and Xianbin Jiao, is inherent territory of China, and it is legitimate and reasonable for the Chinese side to carry out law enforcement activities in waters under its jurisdiction. China has repeatedly made clear its principled position on this. In fact, the Philippine side broke its promises on the Ren'ai Jiao issue, played with fire and made provocations to escalate tension. Such behavior is like a thief crying 'stop thief'. It has even cooked up and spread disinformation about Xianbin Jiao in an attempt to cover up its infringements and provocations. Such behavior fully shows that the Philippine side is undoubtedly the one that undermines peace and creates instability. The Chinese side has remained highly vigilant and will continue to take all necessary countermeasures against the dangerous and escalating acts of the Philippine side," said the spokesperson.

China vows to take resolute countermeasures against Philippines' dangerous acts: spokesman

China vows to take resolute countermeasures against Philippines' dangerous acts: spokesman

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