Interview with Head of State on Chinese national television channel

The President of the Republic, S. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo, granted an interview to the Chinese national television channel, CCTV, on 21st May, at the People’s Palace in Malabo. The interview comes within the framework of the upcoming Africa-China Summit, which is to take place in the Asian country.

The President of the Republic, during the interview, recalled the history of the friendly relations and cooperation between Equatorial Guinea and the People’s Republic of China, which not only has remained uninterrupted for 48 years, but has been boosted and strengthened in recent times.

H. E. Obiang Nguema Mbasogo described the friendly relations between the two countries as sincere and supportive , based on mutual respect and the assumption of non-interference in the internal affairs of a nation.

The questions for the President chiefly focussed on the upcoming Africa-China Summit, the relations between the two continents and, in particular, in relation to the situation in the Republic of Equatorial Guinea, taking into account -according to the Head of State- that the Asian giant is our country’s main development partner.

These bilateral relations are not only economic, but also cultural. Along these lines, the Head of State referred to the cultural exchange promoted by the National University of Equatorial Guinea (UNGE), in the creation of the Confucius Institute, and the training of further and higher education students in various Chinese universities.

The Head of State also recognised the huge amount of work carried out by Chinese companies regarding social projects and infrastructure, such as the national roads and motorways network; social housing; public buildings, and port infrastructures which, in the President’s view, will help many countries in the subregion that do not have access to the sea.

In total, the President has made a total of nine trips to the People’s Republic of China, which has allowed the consolidation of this cooperation, with the identification of new aspects for development through these political and economic ties.

Source: Official Web Page of the Government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea

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