Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi says China remains committed in supporting Malawi to achieve economic independence.
Wang made the comments on Sunday in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe.
“We can see that after eight years’ of development of the bilateral relations, we are now entering a new stage of mutually beneficial cooperation. In this new stage, we will follow the general guideline defined at the China-Africa Cooperation Forum summit, and help Malawi enhance its ability of independent development, accelerate its industrialization process and achieve economic development in all areas. ”
Wang earlier met with Malawi’s President Peter Mutharika and Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation George Chaponda. The agendas included implementing the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit for China-Africa Cooperation, and aligning priorities for future cooperation.
Wang also said China is an ideal partner for Malawi.
“On the basis of Malawi’s political independence, China is ready to be the most reliable and the most ideal cooperation partner of Malawi in its process of really holding its economic destiny in its own hands.”
Malawi is Wang’s first stop in a 4-nation tour in Africa.
He will also visit Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia.
It has been a tradition for Chinese foreign ministers to choose Africa as their first stop in foreign visits at the beginning of each new year.