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Monday, March 25, 2013

Joint Communiqué between Tanzania and China

H.E. Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania and H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China shake hands at the end of speeches.  (photo by Tagie Daisy Mwakawago)

Joint Communiqué between the United Republic of Tanzania and the People's Republic of China issued at the Conclusion of the State Visit to Tanzania by the President of the People's Republic of China, H.E. Xi Jinping, 24th - 25th March, 2013.

I.     At the invitation of His Excellency Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, President of the United Republic of Tanzania, His Excellency Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China paid a state visit to the United Republic of Tanzania from 24th - 25th March, 2013.

II.    During his visit, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete.  In a cordial and friendly atmosphere, the two leaders had an in-depth exchange of views and reached great understanding on bilateral relations, implementation of the outcomes of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and regional and international issues of shared interest.  The two sides signed a number of agreements on strengthening friendly cooperation between China and Tanzania. 

III.    The two sides applauded the traditional China-Tanzania relationship and expressed their satisfaction with the fruitful results delivered through friendly China-Tanzania cooperation since the establishment of diplomatic ties.  The two sides agreed to hold a series of celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of China-Tanzania relations next year. 

IV.    The two sides held the view that to further deepen China-Tanzania relations serve the interest of the two countries and the two people and agreed to build and develop a comprehensive partnership based on mutual benefit and win-win cooperation in order to strengthening political mutual trust, enhance practical cooperation, promote people-to-people friendship and achieve common development. 

V.     The two sides pledged to support each other's core issues concerning sovereignty, territorial integrity, stability, development and other core national interests.  China expressed its support for the efforts Tanzania had made to safeguard national and ethnic unity, and the growth of the economy.  Tanzania reaffirmed its support for the one China policy and support for the efforts of the Chinese government to promote national reunification.  The Chinese side fully appreciated this principled position of the Tanzania side. 

VI.    The two sides spoke positively about the outcome of bilateral economic cooperation and trade and agreed to further strengthen cooperation in trade, investment, infrastructure construction, agriculture, telecommunication, export processing zone and other areas.  The Chinese government will continue to provide assistance to Tanzania within its capacity, facilitate the investment of competitive Chinese enterprises in Tanzania, and encourage Chinese financial institutions to actively explore the possibility of providing financial support for Tanzania's infrastructure construction. 

VII.    The two sides expressed their readiness to further expand people-to-people exchanges, enhance exchanges and cooperation in education, culture, science and technology, health, tourism and press and to promote closer contacts between youth, women, people's organizations and academic institutions.  The Chinese side will set up a China Cultural Centre in Tanzania. 

VIII.    The two sides agreed to maintain close cooperation in international affairs and strengthen coordination and collaboration in the United Nations and other multilateral fora to jointly uphold the rights and interests of developing countries. 

IX.      China applauded the great achievements that the government of Tanzania had made in national development under the leadership of President Kikwete and Tanzania's positive contribution to maintain peace, stability and development in Africa.  Tanzania expressed its appreciation for the long-standing support China had provided for its economic and social development. 

X.       The two sides agreed that Africa is a continent with a promising future and an important force for world peace and stability.  China expressed its readiness to play a constructive role for promoting peace and development in Africa. 

XI.      The two sides applauded the friendly cooperation between China and Africa, appreciated the positive role that FOCAC had played to promote the development of China-Africa relationship, agreed to carry out closer cooperation to fully implement the outcomes of the Fifth FOCAC Ministerial Conference and to promote further the development of the new type of strategic partnership between China and Africa. 

XII.     During his visit, President Xi Jinping also met with His Excellency Dr. Ali Mohamed Shein, President of Zanzibar and Mr. Benjamin William Mkapa, former President of the United Republic of Tanzania. 

XIII.    In a speech, Trustworthy Friends and Sincere Partners Forever, delivered at Mwalimu Julius Nyerere International Convention Centre on 25th March, 2013, President Xi Jinping elaborated on China's policy of seeking peace and promoting development together with Africa, which was highly appreciated by the Tanzania side. 

XIV.    The Chinese side expressed its appreciation for the warm hospitality accorded to President Xi Jinping during his stay in Tanzania. 

Done in Dar es Salaam on this 25th day of March, 2013. 

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