Chinese ambassadors to African countries exchange views with political parties in those countries

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This year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Communist Party of China (CPC). The CPC has taken the centenary as an opportunity to strengthen dialogue and exchanges with political parties around the world and share experience in governance. Chinese ambassadors to African countries have carried out exchanges and dialogues with political parties of the host countries. ChinAfrica has compiled the dialogues and exchanges.

The following is an excerpt of the activities.

Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Meets With Secretary General of the Southwest Africa People’s Organization (SWAPO) Party Sophia Shaningwa 

On April 6, Chinese Ambassador to Namibia Zhang Yiming met with Sophia Shaningwa, General Secretary of the SWAPO Party, the ruling party of Namibia, and exchanged views on strengthening exchanges and cooperation between the two parties.

Zhang said that the CPC and the SWAPO Party have a long history of friendly relations, dating back to the 1960s. This year is the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, and China is willing to take this opportunity to strengthen the exchange of experience in governance and cooperation between the two parties.

Zhang also thanked the SWAPO Party for issuing a statement on the 46th Session of the Human Rights Council in February this year on issues related to Xinjiang and Hong Kong, and for supporting China’s position on related issues, which fully reflects the close relationship between the two parties and the two countries.

Shaningwa said that the SWAPO Party and the CPC are comrades and brothers in need, and that mutual support on major issues embodies the deep relationship between the two parties. The SWAPO Party has always believed that the development of friendly relations with the CPC is beneficial to both peoples and it is willing to continue to deepen exchanges and cooperation.

In particular, the vaccines donated by China arrived in Namibia in March and the vaccination program was launched with China’s support, which highlighted the trust of the Namibian side in the Chinese vaccine and strengthened the confidence of the people in overcoming the virus.

After the meeting, Zhang handed over the embassy’s donation of masks and other supplies to the SWAPO Party, and Shaningwa expressed her gratitude to the Chinese embassy for its generous support in a timely manner.

Ambassador to Mauritius Pays a Farewell Visit to Joe Lesjongard, Chairman of the Militant Socialist Movement (MSM) and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities 

On March 31, Chinese Ambassador to Mauritius Sun Gongyi paid a farewell visit to the Chairman of the MSM and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities Joe Lesjongard. The two sides exchanged views on the cooperation between the two ruling parties and the cooperation in the field of energy.

Sun said that the CPC and the MSM have long maintained friendly cooperation, and under the new situation, China is willing to continuously strengthen the exchange of experience in governance between the two parties. He thanked the Ministry of Energy and Public Utilities for its long-standing support to the Chinese embassy and believed that with the joint efforts of both sides, the practical cooperation between China and Mauritius in energy and other fields would be deepened for the benefit of both peoples.

Lesjongard said that the MSM is willing to continuously strengthen exchanges and mutual understanding with the CPC. He thanked China for its long-term support and assistance in energy and public utilities and hoped to strengthen pragmatic cooperation in clean energy and water resources management. He welcomed more Chinese enterprises to invest in relevant industries in Mauritius. Lesjongard thanked Ambassador Sun for his efforts in promoting the development of Mauritius-China relations during his tenure. He hoped to continue to strengthen cooperation with the Chinese embassy and jointly promote the continuous development of bilateral relations.

Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Meets With Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Freddie Blay 

On March 25, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana Lu Kun met with Freddie Blay, Chairman of the NPP, the ruling party of Ghana, and exchanged views on the relationship between the two parties and issues of common concern.

Lu welcomed Blay and his delegation to the embassy, thanked the NPP and Blay for their positive contributions to the development of China-Ghana relations, and introduced the latest achievements of China-Ghana cooperation in various fields.

Lu said that as this year marks the 100th anniversary of the founding of the CPC, and Ghanaian President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has also successfully commenced his second term, China-Ghana relations are at a new starting point. China is willing to work with the Ghanaian side to strengthen exchanges and mutual understanding, enhance friendship and mutual trust, and promote the relationship between the two parties and two countries to a higher level.

Blay thanked Lu for his introduction and spoke highly of the glorious achievements of the CPC over the past century. He highly praised the fruitful results achieved in the development of Ghana-China relations, especially the close friendship between the two parties since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Blay said that the CPC is a strong political party that has not only been able to bring the miracle of development to China and help its people get rid of poverty, but also been able to unite 1.4 billion Chinese people to resist disasters and epidemics, which is very admirable. The NPP and the Ghanaian Government are willing to further strengthen ties with the CPC and the Chinese Government and benefit the people of both countries with more fruits of cooperation.

After the meeting, on behalf of the embassy, Lu donated anti-epidemic materials to the NPP.

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