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New Chinese ambassador to Malawi, Long Zhou, presented his letters of credence to President Lazarus Chakwera Thursday at Kamuzu Palace in Lilongwe where the two countries echoed the need to strengthen bilateral ties.

Zhou praised Malawi for maintaining peace and stability and promoting social and economic development since independence 58 years ago.

He further hailed the country for engaging itself actively in international and regional affairs which he said helps it to achieve its goals.

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“I had a very friendly and constructive discussion with the President [Chakwera]. He warmly welcomed me and reaffirmed the commitment of the Malawi Government to deepening relations between the two sides,” Zhou said.

China believes there has been a “steady and sound” development of cooperation and advanced friendship between the two countries.

“I am honoured to be the new ambassador of China and I am committed to working with friends in Malawi to deepen the friendship between our two peoples and promote diplomatic cooperation between our two countries,” Zhou added.

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Minister of Foreign Affairs, Nancy Tembo, said Chakwera assured the new ambassador of Malawi’s collaboration with China.

“We have worked together for the past 15 years and a lot of tangible projects are there to show the strength of our relationship,” Tembo said.

Malawi established bilateral ties with China in 2008 during former president Bingu wa Mutharika’s administration which severed ties with Taiwan.

Malawi has seen multiple development projects being funded by the Government of China through different funding methods including grants.

China is also behind the construction of Parliament Building in Lilongwe, Malawi University of Science and Technology in Thyolo and several roads.

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