Malawi President Peter Mutharika is Sunday hosting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi who visits the country for a day to discuss how to implement the outcomes of Johannesburg summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and to align priority cooperation areas and projects.
The visit is designed to strengthen economic ties between Lilongwe and Beijing — including Chinese investment in the Malawi and commercial ties between the two countries.
Apart from meeting Mutharika, the Chinese Foreign Minister’s visit will see him holding bilateral talks with his local counterpart, George Chaponda, according to a statement released by the Chinese Embassy in Lilongwe.
“The visit and the subsequent bilateral talks aim at cementing the cordial relationship between the two countries, which have just celebrated seven years of diplomatic ties.
“It comes at an opportune time when there are intense visits between the two countries. Therefore, the Chinese foreign minister’s visit takes the ties to new heights as China continues to position itself in Africa by promoting the win-win situation,” said the embassy’s spokesperson Wang Junchao.
Wang’s visit marks the beginning of his first leg of tour of Africa that will see him visit Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia, before attending a Syria donors conference in London on February 4.
This is the second Chinese foreign minister to visit Malawi since Beijing and Lilongwe established diplomatic ties in 2009.
During the China-Africa Cooperation summit in early December, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed 10 major cooperation plans for the next three years in such areas as industrialization, agriculture, infrastructure, green development, and poverty reduction.