China respects the sovereignty of other countries and will not interfere in internal issues, and claims that Beijing is involved in Anjin’s business deals in Zimbabwe and also stoking conflicts are grossly unfounded and aimed at driving a wedge between the two countries’ long running relations, a Chinese Embassy spokesperson has said.
The remarks follow fake news published in a local newspaper, which are seen as aimed at distorting and smearing the Chinese foreign policy towards Zimbabwe.
“The article is full of unfounded accusations, conjectures and sheer lies, proving nothing, but an appalling lack of common sense and self-confidence. The only motive for cooking up these absurdly far-stretched claims is to attract attention, sow discord in China-Zimbabwe bilateral friendly relations, and drag China into Zimbabwe’s internal affairs, all serving the author’s own hidden political agenda.
“Certainly, looking at this from his angle, we do understand this is an easy way for him to make money and gain political capital, even to live a better life. For this reason, perhaps some sympathy is due,” said the spokesperson.
The Chinese spokesperson said mutual respect for each other’s sovereignty, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality, and mutual benefit were fundamental principles governing China’s relations with Zimbabwe.
“Sincerity, real results, affinity, and good faith are the philosophy underpinning China’s cooperation with and assistance to Zimbabwe. This is the reason why, despite being a developing country itself and still confronted with a host of difficulties and challenges, China has remained a steadfast supporter of Zimbabwe’s development over decades.
“Our dedicated and selfless help, in the form of grants and financing support, among others, has seen the construction of schools, hospitals, power stations and airports across the country,” the spokesperson said.
The spokesman said thousands of boreholes had been drilled, reconstruction of the areas hardest hit by Cyclone Idai is being pushed forward with full strength while over 10 000 tonnes of food were reaching ordinary Zimbabweans for years.
It added that no country in the world understands Zimbabwe better than Zimbabwe itself.
“Not interfering in or criticising Zimbabwe’s internal affairs is the bottom line of our foreign policy towards Zimbabwe. It is our firm conviction that no country can solve its problems by counting on external intervention.
“We trust the wisdom and capabilities of Zimbabweans themselves. Never before has China got itself involved in the internal affairs of Zimbabwe. Nothing we are doing at the moment is remotely close to this. Never in the future will we be interested in doing so.
“There is neither the intention nor the interest on China’s part. Those obsessed with fabricating lies about China doing this are either typically ignorant or obviously paranoid,” said the embassy spokesperson.
The Chinese Embassy applauded Zimbabwe for creating a conducive business environment, which would attract more investors including those from China, adding that more Chinese investors will be encouraged to take up local opportunities.
“Our consistent position, which warrants reiteration here, is that the Chinese government is not interested in taking resources from Zimbabwe. This is never our intention and we have never done anything close to it.
“In fact, it takes little more than a serious look at all the cooperation agreements between the two governments to see the fact. Mining is not in any way one of them; natural resources are not used as a collateral or in exchange for support in any of them. No Chinese state-owned enterprise is extracting such precious metals as gold, diamond, and platinum in Zimbabwe.”