The People’s Republic of China is set to construct a state of the art Malawi Defence Force (MDF) Headquarters in Lilongwe as the two countries celebrate seven years sine the establishment of diplomatic relations, on 28th December, 2007.

At a commemorative event at Chinese Ambassador’s Residence in Area 43 in Lilongwe, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation George Chaponda made the disclosure as he lined up numerous development projects China has established in the country within the seven year period.

“Let me take this opportunity to profoundly thank the Government of China on its expressed commitment to assist in the construction of a new Malawi Defence Force Headquarters,” said Chaponda who noted that the occasion also provides Malawi with a rare opportunity, to take stock of progress and achievements attained, in the few years of bilateral cooperation.

He also told the gathering that there is a second round of projects under negotiation to be financed by China in Malawi’s key priority areas which clearly shows that China is a great partner to the Government of Malawi.

“We reaffirm our commitment to the principle of ‘One China Policy’ and peaceful Chinese national unification,” declared Chaponda.

Earlier speaking at the event Zhang Qingyang Ambassador of the Republic of China said since the establishment of diplomatic ties there has been a fast track of development which is a true reflection of sincerity, real results, affinity, good faith and the four pillars of China’s foreign policy towards Africa proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

“In strengthening China-Malawi Friendship, we stress the importance of real results,” he said.

The Chinese envoy said four of the five big projects, which China pledged to undertake when establishing diplomatic ties with Malawi, have come to fruition.

“The national Stadium will be completed next year,” he said adding that the trade volume between China and Malawi rose from US$43 million in 2007 to US$250 million last year.

“In strengthening China-Malawi friendship, we stress the importance of good faith. China and Malawi face squarely and sincerely the developments and new problems confronting our relations, and properly handle any problems that may arise in a spirit of mutual respect and win-win cooperation, he said.

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