Elliot Ziwira Lead Writer
Amid concerted efforts to lay keys to the works through a slanderous media attack on China, the Asian economic powerhouse remains steadfast in its support for African countries, especially Zimbabwe, enjoying financial, moral support. and technological without conditions to strengthen the socio-economic situation of the country. -economic progress.
This is what the Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Guo Shaochun, said during a press briefing where he denounced the Western approach to aid and cooperation with Africa.
He said China has never imposed its will on Zimbabwe, as both countries have come a long way in pursuit of the greater good.
âChina rejects the Western approach in its assistance and cooperation with Africa,â Ambassador Guo said. âWe never impose our will on Zimbabwe. On the contrary, we respect Zimbabwe and try to help Zimbabwe.
âWe always seek mutual benefit and prioritize the common good. China honors its commitments with effective actions and tangible results.
Ambassador Guo highlighted China’s commitment to the development of African countries through win-win collaborations, as embodied in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which has existed since 2000.
Although some Western politicians and their local accomplices seem to be obsessed with the so-called “Chinese debt trap”, insinuating that there should be a trap for Zimbabwe and China’s cooperation, Ambassador Guo said. that there was nothing special about the debt, since industrialization and economic take-off created funding gaps in its early stages.
âDebt in itself is nothing to worry about,â he said. âWhat is dangerous is that debt or support becomes a tool for foreign forces to interfere in Zimbabwe’s internal affairs.
âChinese assistance and cooperation with Africa is never accompanied by political conditions. It never involves any form of economic coercion, such as using natural resources as collateral.
âIt is clear for all areas that Chinese funds support and what projects are delivered. In this sense, China’s support for Zimbabwe is the clearest and most transparent.
Ambassador Guo said that China and Zimbabwe have always maintained mutual relations since the days of Zimbabwe’s liberation struggle against colonialism.
After the ill-informed United Nations threat to impose economic sanctions on the southern African country, China used its veto powers in the Security Council, for the first time in favor of an African republic, to resist this decision.
Ambassador Guo said that when the West bypassed the UN Security Council to unilaterally impose illegal sanctions on Zimbabwe, with the aim of forcing regime change under the guise of democracy, China remained the keeper of a brother and stepped in to support the country.
âTo help promote Zimbabwe’s economic and social progress, we have worked together on a number of major projects,â he said.
Among the projects are the Kariba South hydropower plant, which has added 300 megawatts to the national grid, and units 7 and 8 at the Hwange thermal power plant are expected to deliver an additional 600 megawatts by next year.
The other projects are the expansion of Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport, due for completion in early 2022, which will see the airport increase its passenger handling capacity to six million, and Victoria Falls International Airport, which is a game-changer for the local economy. China also assisted Zimbabwe in the construction of the National Sports Stadium, Agricultural Demonstration Center, provincial and district schools and hospitals, as well as the modernization of NetOne Phase 3 ICT services launched in September of. This year.
The Asian powerhouse has also funded the construction of the new Parliament building in Mt Hampden, which is expected to be completed in March next year, and the National Pharmaceutical Warehouse.
Zimbabwe and China have collaborated in agriculture and technology exchanges, infrastructure development, and the health sector, among other areas.
The novel coronavirus outbreak in December 2019 also saw China intervene in a timely manner in Zimbabwe by providing ventilators, personal protective equipment (PPE) and much-needed vaccines.
It is this mutual collaboration that has ruffled the feathers in some neighborhoods in the Western world, leading to malicious attacks on social networks and certain publications targeting Chinese investments.
The ambassador said China remains unfazed in its determination for the common good.
âMore pitiful, some have to make a living by selling their homeland for a few American dollars,â he said. âTheir dirty tricks are nothing new. We are not worried. The Sino-Zimbabwean friendship has proved its worth. These antics only make us more convinced that we are doing something right and that we should keep doing it. “