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VICE FOREIGN MINISTER ZHANG MING MEETS WITH DELEGATION OF SENIOR DIPLOMATS FROM AFRICA

On October 31, 2016, Vice Foreign Minister Zhang Ming met with the 19th delegation of senior diplomats from Africa, who was in China for exchanges at the invitation of Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs. Both sides exchanged views on China-Africa relations, Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, cooperation in international and regional affairs between China and Africa and other topics.

The delegation consists of 24 senior diplomats from the foreign ministries of 22 French-speaking African countries, including Gabon and Democratic Republic of the Congo as well as such regional organizations as the African Union Commission and Economic Community of Central African States. In addition to Beijing, the delegation will also visit Guangdong Province.

(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)1

CHINA OFFERS ZIMBABWE 300 WELLS FOR DROUGHT RELIEF

The Chinese government has given Zimbabwe 300 wells to help relieve the latter’s current drought. The drought, caused by El Nino, is the most severe one that has occurred in Zimbabwe since 1992. Distributed across different parts of the country, the wells relieve a pressing and urgent need for water.

Zimbabwe Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa declared a national emergency on Oct. 28, restricting water supplies in urban areas. As a result, the search for water has become a daily routine for locals, some of who spend hours pumping the remaining water from undried rivers, wells and reservoirs. However, unpurified and unsanitary water is a potential threat to the health of citizens.

Currently, only 42 percent of reservoirs in Zimbabwe contain water, 8 percent below the normal level. Meanwhile, the underground water level is also 20 meters lower than average, at 100 meters below the ground. Half of the wells provided by China have already been drilled, and the remaining 150 will be finished soon.

(This article is published on People’s Daily Online)