Xi holds talks with Tanzanian president
2022-11-04 10:35

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a ceremony to welcome visiting Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan prior to their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 3, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhai Jianlan)

 

BEIJING, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping held talks with visiting Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan in Beijing on Thursday. The two heads of state announced the elevation of China-Tanzania relations to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

 

Xi pointed out that President Hassan is the first African head of state received by China after the 20th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, which fully reflects the close degree of Sino-Tanzanian relations and the important position of China-Africa relations in China's overall diplomatic situation. During my visit to Tanzania in 2013, I pointed out that China's cooperation with African countries needs to uphold the true and sincere concept, which has now become the basic policy concept guiding China's solidarity and cooperation with developing countries. Under the new situation, developing China-Tanzania relations well not only conforms to the common and long-term interests of both countries, but also is of great significance to promoting the building of a community of destiny between China and Africa in the new era.

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a ceremony to welcome visiting Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan prior to their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 3, 2022. (Xinhua/Xie Huanchi)

 

Xi introduced the relevant situation of the 20th CPC National Congress. Xi pointed out that from now on, the central task of the Communist Party of China is to unite and lead the people of all ethnic groups in China to build a strong socialist modernization country in an all-round way, achieve the goal of the second century, and comprehensively promote the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation with Chinese-style modernization. Modernization does not mean Westernization. China has explored a development path in line with China's national conditions. Chinese-style modernization takes root in China, suits China's reality and has Chinese characteristics. Both the Communist Party of China and Chama Cha Mapinduzi shoulder the historical mission of strengthening the Party and rejuvenating the country. The Communist Party of China is willing to continue to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with Chama Cha Mapinduzi and support the teaching and operation of Nyerere Leadership Institute.

 

Xi emphasized that China has always viewed China-Tanzania relations from a strategic perspective and has always been a reliable friend of Tanzania. Guided by China-Tanzania comprehensive strategic partnership, the two sides should make overall plans to promote friendly cooperation in various fields in the next stage. China firmly supports Tanzania in safeguarding its sovereignty, security and development interests, and firmly supports Tanzania in exploring a development path in line with its national conditions, and is willing to continue to firmly support each other on issues involving each other's core interests and major concerns. China is willing to continue to expand imports of Tanzanian products, support Chinese enterprises to invest in Tanzania, and provide assistance to Tanzania's economic and social development within its capacity. China is willing to exchange experiences and practices in rural revitalization with Tanzania and support the development of people's livelihood in Tanzania.

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds a ceremony to welcome visiting Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan prior to their talks at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 3, 2022. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

 

Xi pointed out that the Tanzania-Zambia Railway is a monument to the friendship between China and Tanzania and China and Africa. When China itself was poor, we tightened our belts and helped our African brothers build the Tanzania-Zambia Railway. Now that we have developed, we should help African friends achieve common development and build a community of destiny between China and Africa in the new era. To develop China-Africa relations, we should adhere to the general direction of mutual trust, mutual benefit, mutual learning and mutual assistance. China and Africa should inherit the fine traditions, carry forward the spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation, and constantly enhance the historical initiative of advancing China-Africa friendship. China is willing to provide new opportunities for Africa with its new development, speed up the implementation of the "Nine Projects", take infrastructure as the guide, consolidate the three pillars of trade, investment and financing, and foster new kinetic energy for China-Africa cooperation. China is willing to adhere to the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence and other basic norms of international relations with Africa, actively implement global development initiatives, enhance the representation and voice of developing countries in global governance, and make greater contributions to building a community with shared future for mankind.

 

Hassan said that I am very excited and honored to be invited to visit China shortly after the victory of the 20th CPC National Congress, which fully reflects the high level of Tanzania-China relations. On behalf of the Chama Chama Mapinduzi and Tanzanian governments, I would like to once again extend warm congratulations on the successful convening of the 20th CPC National Congress and the re-election of President Xi as General Secretary of the CPC Central Committee Tanzania regards China as its true and most important friend and is willing to be a partner worthy of China's trust forever. Together with China, it will take the opportunity of establishing a comprehensive strategic partnership to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in various fields, raise Tanzania-China relations to a new height and build them into a model of Africa-China relations in the new era. Tanzania will continue to give China firm support on issues of China's core interests such as Taiwan Province, Xinjiang and Hong Kong. Thanks to China for supporting the development of Nyerere Leadership Academy, the Six Sisters Party of Southern Africa hopes to strengthen the exchange of experience in governing the country with China to achieve better development. The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation has not only greatly promoted the development of African countries in related fields, but also played a leading role in demonstrating the development of cooperation with Africa by other countries and enhanced Africa's international influence. Tanzania will continue to actively participate in and support the development of the Forum. The global development initiative put forward by President   is very timely and conducive to solving the current global challenges. Tanzania is willing to work with China to actively implement it and promote the building of a community with shared future for mankind.

Chinese President Xi Jinping holds talks with visiting Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Nov. 3, 2022. (Xinhua/Zhai Jianlan)

 

 

The two heads of state unanimously agreed:

 

Maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges and dialogues, and close exchanges and cooperation between local, legislative and political parties of the two countries at all levels;

 

Expand the scale of bilateral trade, improve the level of bilateral economic and trade cooperation, deepen the high-quality construction of the "the belt and road initiative", promote cooperation in infrastructure projects, promote industrial docking and capacity cooperation, and expand mutually beneficial cooperation in the fields of processing and manufacturing, green development, and digital economy;

 

Expand cultural exchanges, hold the China-Tanzania Tourism Culture Year in a timely manner, promote exchanges between scholars and media of the two countries, and inherit and carry forward the friendship between the two countries;

 

Close international and multilateral cooperation, strengthen communication and cooperation on important issues such as climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, and safeguard international fairness and justice and common interests of both sides.

 

After the talks, the two heads of state witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation documents on trade, investment, development cooperation, digital economy, green development and blue economy. The two sides issued the Joint Statement of the People's Republic of China and the United Republic of Tanzania on Establishing Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

 

Before the talks, Xi held a welcoming ceremony for Hassan in the North Hall of the Great Hall of the People.

 

When Hassan arrived, 21 salutes were fired in Tiananmen Square, 17 salute soldiers lined up on both sides of the red carpet on the steps to pay tribute, and the greeting trumpeter sounded the salute. The two heads of state boarded the reviewing stand, and the military orchestra played the national anthems of China and Tanzania. Hassan, accompanied by Xi, inspected the honor guard of the Chinese People's Liberation Army and watched the separation.

 

After the talks, Xi hosted a welcoming banquet for Hassan in the Golden Hall of the Great Hall of the People.

 

Wang Yi and He Lifeng attended the above activities.