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Tanzania's foreign minister highlights strong ties with China

2024-05-22 00:02 Last Updated At:01:17

Tanzania's Minister for Foreign Affairs, January Yusuf Makamba, praised the robust and evolving partnership between Tanzania and China during an interview with China Global Television Network (CGTN), reflecting on the historical principles guiding China-Africa relations and outlining key cooperative projects.

Tanzania was the first African country that Chinese President Xi Jinping visited after assuming the presidency in 2013.

During that visit, President Xi introduced the principles of sincerity, real results, amity, and good faith for China's Africa policy. These principles have since become the foundation of China's cooperation with developing countries.

Makamba emphasized the significance of these principles in the interview on Sunday, the day before he wrapped up a five-day official visit to China at the invitation of Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi. He praised these principles for their depth and relevance to Africa's historical context.

"These principles are very key, because we in Africa are very sensitive to partnerships. Because of our history, we have a glorious history as a continent, but also we have a history of being colonized and being exploited. The principles that President Xi elaborated in Dar es Salaam in 2013, that underpin the relation between China and Africa, are very good because they take into consideration our history. So, over the past 10 years, since these principles were established, we've seen the transformation of China-Africa relations in a positive way," said Makamba.

Makamba also highlighted the tangible benefits of China's projects in Africa.

"The projects that China wants to do in Africa are beneficial to us. The interaction between China, and the engagement between China and Africa, is one that is based on mutual respect and mutual benefit as well. So the Dar es Salaam Consensus comes up with a new blueprint for global order; the international order that is based on openness, transparency, mutual respect, equity, fairness. These are the things that we've always wanted, and we hope that all Africans, together with China and other international partners, will coalesce around the Dar es Salaam Consensus as a new way to organize the global community," he added.

Reflecting on specific cooperative ventures, Makamba spoke about the Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority, popularly known as TAZARA, a bi-national railway linking the Southern Africa Regional transport network to Eastern Africa's seaport of Dar es Salaam, offering both freight and passenger transportation services between and within Tanzania and Zambia.

"TAZARA is of tremendous symbolic significance to us, and it's an emotional project for Tanzanians, Zambians, and of course, Chinese. This one was immediately post-independence, so it was designed to help the two countries develop their economies. Since then, it has contributed immensely towards building that corridor for exports and import of products from overseas. And China's contribution in that respect has been phenomenal," Makamba explained.

Tanzania's foreign minister highlights strong ties with China

Tanzania's foreign minister highlights strong ties with China

China's railways carried a total of 337 million tons of freight in May this year, up 2.8 percent year on year, with demand for coal-driven electricity as a driving force behind the movement.

The month saw nearly 71 million tons of freight transported by containers, up 20 percent year on year, according to statistics from China Railway.

According to China Railway, demand for electricity as summer approaches is keeping the railway system at high capacity. To support coal transportation of coal within the country and the export of Xinjiang coal, the average daily loading of coal on railways nationwide remained above 80,000 wagons and 55,000 wagons, respectively.

In international freight transport, China sent a total of 1,724 freight trains to Europe in May, sending 186,000 twenty-foot equivalent units of cargo, up 14 percent and 13 percent respectively year on year, setting a record for transport volume in a single month.

The China-Laos Railway carried 473,000 tons of cargo across the border in the month, up 16.2 percent year-on-year, along with a surge in fruit and vegetables transported to and from Southeast Asia.

China continues to promote its campaign to shift road freight to rail. Ports across the country are improving ship-to-train transshipment solutions with an average of 33,600 wagons transshipped per day, up 15.4 percent year-on-year.

China's freight trains carry 337 million tons in May, with container traffic grows quickly

China's freight trains carry 337 million tons in May, with container traffic grows quickly

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