-Wang Ke made this announcement on Thursday night at a reception ahead of the 70th anniversaries of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.She said the award given to Dr Salim was the country’s highest honorfor foreigners, noting that Dr Salim was one of the best friends of the Chinesepeople.
Dr Salim was appointed ambassador of Tanzania to China at the age of 27, in 1969. Then in 1971, as permanent representative of Tanzania to the United Nations he spearheaded the campaign for the People’s Republic of China to have its lawful seat in the United Nations restored.
Wang said after retirement, Dr Salim was for years the chairman of the Tanzania-China Friendship Promotion Association.
“Dr Salim, the only African to be awarded the medal, fully deserves the medal. It is not only a high commendation of his outstanding contribution toChina-Tanzania relations, but also his contribution to enhance the traditional friendship between China and Tanzania,” Ambassador Wang underlined.
“I would like to extend my congratulation and salutation to Dr Salimand the government of Tanzania.”
Commenting on the current state of Afro-Chinese relations, she said that over the past half century, China and Africa have been sharing weal and woe, and have formed a community with a common destiny.
“Looking into future, we are willing to work with Tanzania and otherAfrican countries to implement the eight major initiatives of the 2018Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and closelyintegrate the implementation of the Belt and Road Initiative with theAfrican Union’s Agenda 2063 and development strategies of Tanzania,” the envoy elaborated.For his part, the Minister For Foreign affairs and East AfricanCooperation, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi said China’s seven decade recent history had witnessed remarkable achievements worthy of commemoration.
These achievements relate to keys areas such as exchange and mutual learning, win-win cooperation and people-to-people exchanges, he said.
“I would like to assure you that the government of the United Republic ofTanzania and its people have always taken China as a genuine friend and reliable partner,” he stated.“We shall remain supportive of the Chinese government’s One China,Two Systems policy,” he specified.
Similarly, Tanzania remains convinced that China will continue tostand together with the African countries to ensure that the interestsof the developing world including Africa are well accommodated andhastened in reforming the UN Security Council, the minister declared.
Prof Kabudi added that Tanzania has had a great share of benefit fromits cooperation with the People’s Republic of China.
He said cooperation has evolved into a modern, strategic andpragmatic relationship with greater and diversified economicengagement in trade, infrastructure projects and investments.
China remains Tanzania’s largest trading partner, with 19.3 percent of Tanzania’s imports in 2017/2018 originating from China.
China is also Tanzania’s largest source of foreign direct investment(FDI) with investment stock of over 700 projects valued at USD 7.1billion and creating over 87,000 jobs, the minister added.