China and Tanzania reached important agreements on cooperation while carrying forward their traditional friendship as China’s State Councilor & Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited the country on Friday.

During his meeting with the Tanzanian President John Magufuli, Wang said that Tanzania is the first African Country that President Xi Jinping visited after he took office as the Chinese President in 2013.

During that visit, President Xi proposed the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith for China to deal with its relations with Africa.

Magufuli said that Tanzania is willing to continue to carry forward the traditional friendship between Tanzania and China, and will stand firmly with China on all issues involving China’s core interests and major concerns.

He added that Tanzania is ready to deepen cooperation with China, expand exports to China and attract more Chinese investment while also becoming the gateway for Chinese enterprises to explore the eastern and southern African markets and join hands with China to usher in a new era of common development between the two countries.

During a joint press conference with his Tanzanian counterpart Palamagamba Kabudi, Wang also hailed the four important agreements China reached with Tanzania.

According to Wang, the two countries recognize the traditional friendship with each other as a precious wealth that must be cherished and developed through joint efforts.

The value of China-Tanzania relations has gone beyond the bilateral scope and played an important role in guiding China-Africa relations and South-South cooperation, he said.

The Chinese Foreign Minister pointed out the two countries share similar ideas as well as the same advantages in national and military development, adding the two countries are ready to strengthen close exchanges at all levels.

Regarding Cooperation, Wang Yi noted that the two countries have agreed to step up cooperation under the framework of the Belt & Road Initiative.

China supports more Chinese companies investing in Tanzania, said Wang, assuring that China is ready to advance assistance to the country in construction of infrastructure, such as railways, so as to accelerate the industrialization process of Tanzania.

The two countries also agreed to enhance coordination in international affairs to safeguard multilateralism and protect each other’s core interests as well as the common interest of developing countries.

In the face of the complex and volatile international situation, the Tanzanian side regards China as its most trustworthy and staunch friend and partner, Kabudi said. The Tanzanian government will always support China’s position on issues related to Taiwan, Xinjiang, Tibet, Hong Kong and the South China Sea.

China Ready to Upgrade Cooperation with Africa

A seven-point plan for upgrading of China-Africa cooperation was also proposed by Wang, which includes strengthening health cooperation, agricultural cooperation, digital cooperation, environmental protection cooperation and military security cooperation.

More specifically, China will work with Africa to completely defeat the epidemic, help Africa enhance its capacity to prevent and respond to major diseases, and jointly build a “Healthy Africa.”

China will also enhance production capacity cooperation and upgrade China-Africa project cooperation to a more clustered, large-scale, industrialized and localized scale, Wang said. It will help Africa raise its capacity for independent production and jointly build a “Made in Africa.”

“This is my 15th visit to Africa. What has impressed me most during the trip is that, no matter what kind of international situation, difficulties and obstacles we are facing and no matter what kind of interference or damage we are confronting, the traditional friendship between China and Africa remains unchanged and becomes stronger over time,” said Wang.

“China is ready to enhance communication with our African friends and we will carefully design the outcomes of the meeting and upgrade China-Africa cooperation based on the new situation, new needs and new opportunities of China-Africa cooperation,” said Wang.