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A Briefing on Sino-Namibian Relations

China and Namibia established diplomatic relations on March 22, 1990, just one day after the founding of the Republic of Namibia.

Before the national independence, China provided political, moral and material support to the Namibian people in their just struggle for national independence since early 1960s. H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma, the then President of SWAPO made visits to China on seven occasions.

After the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, the state leaders and high level officials of the two countries have exchanged visits frequently, including H.E. Mr. Jiang Zemin, President of China, H.E. Mr. Li Ruihuan, Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), H.E. Mr. Zhu Rongji, Vice-Premier, Mr. Sun Qimeng and Mr. Xu Jialu, Vice-Chairmen of the National People's Congress, Mr. Chen Jinhua and Mr. Wang Wenyuan, Vice-Chairmen of the National Committee of CPPCC, Mr. Luo Gan and Mr. Qian Qichen, State Councilors, Mr. Li Tieying, Member of the Political Bureau of the CPC (Communist Party of China) Central Committee and Mr. Tang Jiaxuan, Foreign Minister, etc. from China have visited Namibia on separate occasions. And, H.E. Dr. Sam Nujoma, President of Namibia, Rt. Hon. Hage Geingob, Prime Minister, Hon. Hendrik Witbooi, Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Mose Tjitendero, Speaker of the National Assembly, Hon. Kandy Nehova, Chairman of the National Council, Hon. Margreth Mensah, Vice-Chairperson of the National Council, Hon. Pohamba and Hon. Tjiriange, Secretary-Generals of the SWAPO Party, Hon. Theo-Ben Gurirab, Foreign Minister, etc. from Namibia have visited China. These exchanges of visits at high levels have given great impetus to the further promotion of the development of the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries, bilateral relations have been developing very smoothly, and cooperation in the fields of politics, economy, trade, culture education, science and technology, public health and information exchanges have been successful. From 1990 till now, China has provided various forms of financial assistance to Namibia including grants, interest-free loans and interest-subsidized loans. China has also helped Namibia with the construction of a series of projects, such as Windhoek Day Care Centre for Children, low-cost housing projects in Windhoek, Gobabis and Katima Mulilo, the two phases of the irrigation pumping station project in Aussenkehr, drilling and equipping boreholes in Omusati and Caprivi, and the Northern Tannery in Ondangwa. Now, China is going to assist in the construction of a part of the new State House, and two regional assembly buildings in Rundu and Outapi. Besides, China also donated some tractors, machineries, equipment and other goods to various sectors in Namibia. The above assistance has played a positive role in helping to promote production and improve the people's life in Namibia.

Trade between our two countries has also been growing rapidly. China's major products exported to Namibia include mechanical and electrical equipment, clothes, shoes, hardware, tourist products and other daily necessities, while its main imports from Namibia include, among other things, mineral and marine products, hides, live ostriches and relevant products. The two countries also enjoy good cooperation in engineering and the development of joint ventures.

The two Governments signed an agreement on cooperation in education. Accordingly, the Chinese Government provides five full scholarships to Namibian students each year and sends Chinese professors and lecturers to teach in Namibia. In addition, the Ministry of Education of China has donated some laboratory and teaching facilities to the University of Namibia.

China has sent several groups of acupuncturists working at the Katutura State Hospital, in accordance with the Health Cooperation Agreement between the two Governments.

The two Governments also signed a Cultural Exchange Agreement, according to which, many cultural and art groups from the two countries have exchanged visits on many occasions.

In accordance with the Agreement on Television and Broadcasting Cooperation between the two countries, the Namibia Broadcasting Corporation (NBC) rebroadcasts the programmes produced by China Central Television (CCTV) and CCTV 10 rebroadcasts the programmes provided by NBC. Meanwhile, the Namibia Press Agency has signed a cooperation agreement with Xinhua News Agency. The exchanges of visits of the media institutions of the two countries have increased and the cooperation in this regard has been strengthened.

Shanghai and Windhoek, Maqiao Town in Shanghai and Okahandja, Zhengzhou and Mariental as well as Kunshan and Grootfontein have established Friendship-City relations.

Finally, with the support of relevant Chinese institutions, the Chinese Embassy in Namibia is also trying its best to help the local people in Namibia. For instance, the Embassy donated bicycles and contraceptives to assist the Namibian medical workers in their work for HIV-AIDS prevention and treatment. The Embassy also donated certain quantity of daily necessities, food and funds to the elders, poor children and women, and those people suffering from HIV-AIDS.

China and Namibia enjoy mutual support and close cooperation in the international arena, and the very friendly Government of Namibia has always provided valuable support to China.

Regarding to the Taiwan issue, the Namibian Government has always adhered to One-China Policy, and it committed not to establish any official contacts with the Taiwan authorities. China highly appreciates this position of the Namibian Government and highly appreciates the Namibian Government for its support. Apart from the Taiwan issue, the Namibian Government has also rendered a lot of support to China on the question of Tibet, the Human Rights issue and many other international affairs on different occasions. The Namibian Government is the first country in the world that supported China in its bidding for World Expo 2010 in Shanghai. The Namibian Government also firmly supports and helps China to establish the Space Tracking, Telemetry and Command Station in Namibia. The Chinese Government and people are very grateful to the Namibian Government for its strong support given to China.

China and Namibia are all-weather friends, sharing a new-type close cooperative partnership. Both China and Namibia have a strong desire to further develop the bilateral relations between the two countries. We are confident that, with the joint efforts made by the two sides, and in the spirit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, the existing friendly cooperation between the two countries are bound to develop to a new high in the days to come.

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