Mutharika leaves for China- Africa summit, to meet Chinese President Xi Jinping

President  Peter Mutharika on Monday left Malawi for China where he will attend the third  Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) from Spetember  3 to 4.

President Mutharika bidding farewell to Minister Nankhumwa
President Mutharika bidding farewell to business magnet Leston Mulli

The summit will be held under the theme, “China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation.”

Speaking on his departure at Kamuzu International Airport in Lilongwe, President Mutharika said he will take advantage of his visit to hold bilateral talks with  hos President Xi Jinping, aimed at strengthening further economic and political cooperation and setting the agenda of continued partnership between the two countries for the next decade.

“I will be on official visit to China, bilateral visit. I will be meeting  Chinese President  Xi Jinping on  September 1,” Mutharika told reporters.

Mutharika will also hold talks with Speaker of the Chinese National Assembly.

He said the second part of his visit will be on September 3 where he will have meetings  with the Chinese business community and  have a working tour  to Xi’an City, Capital of Shaanxi Province in Northwest of China.

During the visit, Mutharika  will hold bilateral discussions with leaders of the Shaanxi Province.

Mutharika was seen off by senior government officials, including Minister of Local Government Kondwani Nankhumwa , Malawi Defence Force deputy commander Clement Namangale, Police Inspector General Rodnye Jose and  members of the diplomatic  community.

The Summit will be attended by Heads of State and Government of People’s Republic of China and of over 50 African countries, as well as representatives of the African Union Commission (AUC), United Nations and several International Organizations.

FOCAC, and another programme called the Belt and Road Initiative, are part of President Xi Jinping’s policy of advancement commonly called the XI Jinping Thought. It is a set of 14 points, part of which is to “establish a common destiny between Chinese people and other people around the world with a peaceful international environment.”

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3 years ago

Bwana Msaka and Muhura nde mwayang’anatuuuuuuuuuuu!! Nde ngati mukunena kuti “koma kamwana akaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa”,[Nankhumwa], madala [mr president] bwanji osatipatsa ifeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee bwanji?

3 years ago

Mr President please take advantage of this summit to only only engage with the Chinese community but also more importantly, your fellow African leaders. I urge you Mr president, to sign deals with Chinese companies to supply machines/equipment to build factories in Malawi to kickstart a manufacturing economy utilising modern technology. These factories should be installed in the next 9 months to mass-produce match sticks, glass bottles, iron sheets, dustbins, packaging materials, assembly plants for various building tools, crockery, Chinese plates, hosepipes etc (if you see my drift bwana). Employ what I would call cheap labour right in Malawi in… Read more »

3 years ago

Poor Mutharika, surrounded by Chaponda, Mulli, and wa Jeffrey, not forgetting the political bedmate. At 80 years old, its understandable why he is losing it.

Leaving Nankhumwa “in charge” is actually a threat to national security. Mchacha is running the country.

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