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Wang Yi Holds Talks with DRC Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs Marie Tumba Nzeza
2021/01/07

On January 6, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Minister of State and Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) Marie Tumba Nzeza in Kinshasa during his official visit to the country.

Wang Yi said that mutual understanding, mutual support and mutual trust are the basis for the healthy and stable development of China-DRC relations. China's friendly policy towards the DRC remains consistent and stable and is not affected by changes in their respective domestic situations. China never interferes in the internal affairs of other countries and respects the choices made by the DRC people. China hopes that the DRC will maintain political stability and realize national unity and rejuvenation. China-DRC relations have withstood the test of time and will certainly be further consolidated and strengthened. China firmly supports the DRC in safeguarding its national sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity and supports the DRC's reasonable demands in the international community. He believes that the DRC will continue to give China understanding and support on issues involving China's core interests.

Wang Yi said that last year, the China-DRC trade grew against the trend, reflecting the high degree of complementarity and great potential for development between the two countries' economies. China is willing to further promote mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries according to the needs of the DRC, gradually deepen the cooperation between the two countries in the fields of health, agriculture, education, digital and other fields, and help the DRC translate its resource advantages into development advantages, so as to promote its industrialization process, benefit ordinary people, and improve its independent development capability. He hopes that the DRC will provide a good business environment and security guarantees for Chinese enterprises in the country. The two countries reached a consensus on Belt and Road cooperation, which will drive more Chinese enterprises to invest in the DRC.

Wang Yi said that China congratulates the DRC on its forthcoming rotating chair of the African Union (AU) and supports the DRC in performing its duties to coordinate African countries to maintain unity, develop their economies and move towards prosperity. Both China and Africa uphold multilateralism and oppose unilateralism, uphold fairness and justice and oppose power politics and bullying, and work for democracy in international relations and a multi-polar world. He hopes the DRC will give a full play to the role of the rotating chair of the AU, push for fruitful results of the new session of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), open up a brighter future for China-Africa cooperation and build an even stronger China-Africa community with a shared future.

Marie Tumba Nzeza said the friendship between China and the DRC has a long history. The relationship between the two countries is based on mutual respect, mutual trust and mutual benefit. The DRC thanks China for its important help in maintaining peace and realizing development in the country. The DRC firmly supports China in safeguarding national unity and territorial integrity. It hopes to further deepen its strategic partnership with China and continuously strengthen cooperation between the two countries in medical care, agriculture, clean energy, education, power infrastructure, digital industry, culture and other fields, and welcomes China to further increase its investment in the country. The DRC is just about to assume the rotating chair of the AU and is willing to actively facilitate Africa's integration and promote Africa to play a greater role on international and regional issues. The DRC is willing to actively participate in the preparations for the new FOCAC meeting and contribute to its success. Long live the friendship between the DRC and China!

The two sides also exchanged views on international and regional issues of common concern, and jointly met with the press after their talks.

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