Article By Bruce Chahwanda, Political Editor
President Emmerson Mnangagwa has paid his condolences to the People’s Republic of China following the death of former President Jiang Zemin.
President Emmerson Mnangagwa visited the Chinese Embassy in Harare this Monday to sign a condolences book after the death of the former President of the People’s Republic of China Jiang on the 30th of November.
President Mnangagwa was accompanied by Vice President General (Retired) Dr Constantino Chiwenga and Foreign Affairs and International Trade Minister, Ambassador Fredrick Shava.
The President expressed his deepest condolences saying the late Cde Zemin was instrumental in cementing the existing relations between Zimbabwe and China.
“I am deeply saddened by the death of the former President of the People’s Republic of China H.E Cde Jiang Zemin. In Cde Jiang Zemin, China and indeed the progressive world, have lost a great Stateman and accomplished international diplomat who contributed to the greater cooperation between China and the international community. I personally have fond memories of my personal interaction with the late Cde Jiang Zemin in 1996, when he paid a visit to Zimbabwe on a State visit and I was assigned by the late President R. G. Mugabe to accompany him. The visit was successful and cemented the excellent relations we enjoy today between the Republic of Zimbabwe and the People’s Republic of China. May I once again express my deepest condolences to the people of the People’s Republic of China and the family of Cde Jiang Zemin on this loss,” said President Mnangagwa.
Cde Zemin served as General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party from 1989 to 2002, as Chairperson of the Military Commission from 1989 to 2004 and as President of China from 1993 to 2003.