China on Thursday confirmed it has given Malawi $25 million to support various development projects including those of education empowerment for young people. $17million is a grant while $8 million is a concession loan, the Chinese said.
President Peter Mutharika commended China for its continued support towards various development activities in the country.
“The Chinese government continues to offer Malawi opportunities including trade without restrictions.
“It is our wish that relations between the two countries switch from grants and aid to more trade in order to boost the economy,” he said.
Mutharika said China is also making a commitment to continue supporting Malawi through agriculture, education, and infrastructure and skills development.
The visiting Chinese vice Foreign Minister, Zang Ming, said his government will continue to strengthen bilateral relations with Malawi.
Relations between Malawi and China date back to 2007 and during this time, five major projects including the new Parliament building that was opened in June 2010. That project cost around $41m and then the Malawi University of Science and Technology, in the southern district of Thyolo.
Chinese construction companies also built a secondary school in Thyolo, and constructed a 100km road between the northern districts of Karonga and Chitipa.
Beijing has also promised to build a China-Africa Friendship school in Lilongwe, establish solar and biogas pilot projects, and set up an agricultural technology demonstration centre.
Chinese projects come with “no strings attached”.