-Chinese Embassy held online reception to mark the 72nd National Day of China, and the centenary of the founding of the Communist Party of China here in Mogadishu this week.
“China is the world’s second largest economy and the largest trading nation. It contributes more than 30% to the world’s economic growth every year. 1.4 billion Chinese people have completely shaken off absolute poverty. China has the world’s longest high-speed railway network, the longest highway network, half of the world’s new energy vehicles, and the largest number of 5G mobile communication base stations”, Chinese Ambassador to Somalia, Fei Shengchao said during the reception.
The Ambassador recounted the historic friendship between Somalia and China, saying he would continue to work with the Somalis to promote peace and reconstruction and further friendship and cooperation between our two countries.
“Somalia was the first East African country that had established diplomatic ties with China. 50 years ago, Somalia made important contribution to China’s restoration of the lawful seat in the United Nations. Chairman Mao Zedong said, “It was African brothers who had carried China back to the United Nations.” Somalia is a good brother of China”, He said.
Mr. Fei said Chinese side will continue to strongly support the Somali side in its efforts to meet its legitimate needs. China’s vote in the United Nations always belongs to Somalia and the vast number of developing countries.
“China is preparing to donate another batch of vaccines to Somalia to better protect the life and health of Somalis. This year, more than 30 Somali students are granted Chinese Government Scholarships, totalling 500 during the past 8 years. When Somalia was confronted with the Covid-19 pandemic, China lost no time in donating and delivering 200 thousand vaccines this April”, the Ambassador stated.
Over 50 participants including UN Envoy to Somalia, James Swan, AU Ambassador to Somalia, Francisco Modere, China-Somali Freindship Association, diplomats, scholars and students attended the online reception.
Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Mahdi Mohamed Guled, Information Minister, Osman Abokar Dubbe and Health Minister, Fawziya Abikar Nur congratulated China on its 72nd anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China and wished Happy National Day which will be 1st October.