01-15-20 by Spotlight Zimbabwe

China accuses the West of waging cold war against Zimbabwe

 

MOHAMMED AWAL

China has accused Western powers of waging a “cold war” against Zimbabwe.

China Foreign Minister, Wang Yi, likened the sanctions imposed on Zimbabwe by the United States and European Union (EU) to “cold war.”

Yi, who was in the economically sprawling Southern African country, as part of his five-nation tour of Africa, called for the end of the sanctions during a meeting with President Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Zimbabwe has been under US and EU sanctions dating back to the reign of the late president Robert Mugabe, who was toppled in a coup in November 2017 after 37 years in power.

The EU sanctions consist of an arms embargo and targeted asset freezes and travel bans, while the US has imposed financial restrictions and travel sanctions against selected individuals and entities.

Last year, thousands of Zimbabweans rallied in support of President Mnangagwa‘s call on the United States and the European Union to lift sanctions imposed against him and dozens of other officials.

The sanctions are believed to be the cause of Zimbabwe’s economic slump for the past two decades.

In a speech denouncing the sanctions last year, Mnangagwa bemoaned how they crippled Zimbabwe’s development.

“The continued judgment setting of Utopian standards for Zimbabwe are callous, vindictive and should not be allowed to continue. We say enough is enough,” he said.

During his meeting with Mnangagwa, the Chinese Foreign Minister pledged the Asian giant’s support in fighting the debilitating sanctions and restore Zimbabwe to the path of economic prosperity.

In a statement Monday, the Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe said: “First, China-Zimbabwe friendship is unbreakable. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between China and Zimbabwe. Over the past 40 years, Sino-Zimbabwe friendship has withstood the test of strong winds and waves and has always been unswerving.

“Among others, the most fundamental experience is mutual respect, mutual trust, and mutual support. China supports the efforts of the Zimbabwe people to safeguard its national sovereignty and national dignity, and supports its independent choice of a path to development in line with its national conditions.”

“We also appreciate the fact that Zimbabwe has made its relations with China a diplomatic priority, and we thank Zimbabwe for its valuable support in relation to China’s core interests. We are willing to be good friends, good partners and good brothers with Zimbabwe forever,” the statement added.

President Mnangagwa expressed happiness about Yi’s visit, The Herald reports.

It quoted Mnangagwa saying: “He is very happy that we had the occasion to go over our relations between China and Zimbabwe on all issues and he goes back home satisfied that our relations are on a solid foundation.

“What remains is further consolidation and deepening those relations. We scaled up relations in September 2019 from the all-weather friendship between the two countries to a strategic comprehensive partnership. We, as Zimbabwe, are happy with our relations with China,”

In a tweet, the deputy information minister, Energy Mutodi, said Yi’s visit was a “slap in the face” for the UK, EU, and US.

Zimbabwe would give preference to “Chinese business interests ahead of any Western country”, he added.

China is building a new parliament for Zimbabwe at a cost of more than $150m and has loaned Zimbabwe more than $1bn to rehabilitate its Hwange coal power plant, according to the BBC.

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  • This Government cant even run its
    electrical grid or water works 4 DECADES after Independence !
    You all followed Mugabe’s hate speeches and thought it a good idea to take those 4500 farms which were the backbone of Your Agricultural Economy ! This is magnificent stupidity especially as 83% of those Farms were bought and paid for after Independence and had ” A CERTIFICATE OF NO INTEREST ‘ issued by Robert Mugabe’s ZANU PF Government !!!
    If You were unable to work out how that would effect the economy then nobody can help You because a small soap dish has a higher IQ than You !
    You then let Gideon Gormless print bond notes and take our currency into oblivion !
    You then had a lifeline handed to You in the form of 25% of the World alluvial diamonds which You managed to let slip through Your fingers !
    This Government are like hyenas hanging around a camp stealing and eating anything they can while developing NOTHING !
    You whinge about Imperialists and Colonialism and Your precious “Sovereignty” … when We are actually a Colony of China !
    Oh Yes…all hail our new Masters !….

  • Which thousands people rallied against sanctions we ought reporters to give audience transparent and justfied news not propaganda style of diabolic news transmission