Namibia is China's ‘all-weather friend’: Xi

08 Apr 2014 17:00pm
By Charles Tjatindi
BEIJING, 08 APR (NAMPA) - Chinese President, Xi Jinping has praised the relationship between Namibia and China, noting that the many years of mutual cooperation enjoyed by the two countries lead to positive developments for both countries.
Referring to Namibia as China's ‘all-weather friend’, Xi said his government was ready to engage Namibia on various areas of bilateral cooperation, which could have positive economic spin-offs for both countries.
The Chinese Head of State was speaking during a courtesy on him by Namibian Prime Minister, Dr Hage Geingob here on Tuesday.
Geingob, who led a large delegation of Namibian Cabinet ministers and businesspeople to the Chinese State House - often referred to as the ‘Great Hall of the People’ - said Africa was changing and geared more towards economic development.
He used the opportunity to offer condolences to the people of China on the fate of some of the country's citizens aboard the missing Malaysian Airplane, MH370.
The Premier described the event as unfortunate, stressing that he remains hopeful that the mystery behind the missing flight would be solved soon.
The ill-fated Malaysian Airliner took off from that country's capital, Kuala Lumpur, on 08 March en route to Beijing, but never arrived in the Chinese capital. More than 200 people on board that plane are Chinese nationals.
Earlier in the day, Geingob met with the chairman of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), Yu Zhengsheng.
During that meeting, the Namibian Premier emphasised the need for economic development for Namibia and Africa in general.