Chinese Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien (Li Xiannian) has left Tanzania for Mozambique for the rest of his four-nation African tour.
Chinese Vice-Premier Li Hsien-nien (Li Xiannian) has left Tanzania for Mozambique for the rest of his four-nation African tour. Earlier, in Dar es Salaam, he pledged Chinese support for Kampuchea (Cambodia) in its war against Vietnamese insurgents. Mr. Li arrived in the Tanzanian capital on Thursday (4 January), and began talks with President Julius Nyerere later the same day.
SYNOPSIS: Vice-Premier Li heads a forty-strong delegation which will also visit Mozambique, Zambia and Zaire. He was welcomed at Dar es Salaam airport by Tanzanian Prime Minister, Edward Sokoine. Also in the welcoming party were Foreign Minister Benjamin Mkapa and the Chinese Ambassador to Tanzania, Lin Chun.
There have been good relations between the two countries since President Nyerere's first visit to China in 1965. There are one thousand Chinese technicians in Tanzania, about half of them working on the railway project linking the country with Zambia. China also gives Tanzania aid in defence, agriculture and mining. Li Chia-mei (Lin Jiamei), Vice-Premier Li's wife is accompanying her husband on the five-day visit. Mr. Li told the crowd at the airport that he had come to consolidate his country's friendship with Tanzania.
At State House, he met President Nyerere for talks. Tanzania has welcomed China's new links with the United States as a move towards peace and justice in the world. During the visit, Prime Minister Sokoine commended China for its continued support to Tanzania, the third world and African liberation movements. Mr. Li said rivalry of the super-powers was causing unrest in Africa, but added that nothing could stop the advance of the African people.