CHINESE community led by the Consul General here Xie Xiaowu have celebrated the 70th anniversary of their country’s independence with promises to maintain good bilateral relationship with Zanzibar.
The celebration was ushered in with a grand reception at the Zanzibar Beach Hotel where some high dignitaries from the government, friends, students, alumni from China higher learning institutions and members of the press joined the party meant to further strengthen the bilateral relationship.
Speaking on behalf of the Chinese community here, Mr Xiaowu said China and Zanzibar as well as the United Republic of Tanzania had ties which have translated into mutual economic and social success as the countries look forward for prosperous future.
“It is my great pleasure to have you at this joyful occasion to celebrate the 70th anniversary, the period of which China as a nation has achieved tremendous transformation— it has stood up, grown rich and is becoming strong,” the consul general said at the gala gathering, which live music from China medical team and Chinese language students decorated.
He said that China has become the world’s second largest economy, the largest industrialised country with the largest trade in goods and that new technologies like 5G, big data, cloud computing and artificial intelligence were driving the Chinese economy forward faster.
Mr Xiaowu mentioned many achievements in the past 70 years in all sectors, saying the friendly relationship between China and Tanzania was established and nurtured under the leadership of founder leaders— Mao Zedong, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere and Sheikh Abeid Karume.
“Let us strengthen our mutual relation,” he emphasized, adding that the recent (September 17, 2019) move by Chinese President Xi Jinping to issue a presidential decree for ‘Friendship Medal,’ the highest rare honour, to former Prime Minister Salim Ahmed Salim, further cements the friendship.
Minister of State in the President’s Office, Public Service and Good Governance Haroun Ali Suleiman was the Chief Guest at the celebration and his message was, “We love China because it has been doing a lot in supporting our development programmes.”
He said China has supported education projects including capacity building and scholarships for further studies, infrastructure improvement, media, sports (mainly construction of playgrounds) and tourism, among others.