Namibians were encouraged by President Hage Geingob to embrace the new era of bilateral relations between Namibia and China, a relationship which that have recently matured into a comprehensive strategic partnership, defying armchair critics who criticize the good relations between the two countries.
Geingob at the time was quoted by China’s official Xinhua News Agency saying that China is not colonizing Africa and that growing cooperation between the world’s second largest economy and Africa benefits from China-funded development projects on the continent. During a recent courtesy visit by the Chairperson of the National People’s Congress of the People’s Republic of China, Li Zhanshu, Geingob stated that China has accorded Namibia the highest level of partnership called ‘comprehensive strategic partnership for cooperation’.
He also stated that president Xi had declared Namibia and China as equal partners. “That’s why we have now been elevated to comprehensive strategic partnership for cooperation … I was told it’s the highest level accorded to partners China is dealing with all over the world,” Geingob noted. According to him Namibians ought to be proud of this high level of friendship, which laid a solid foundation for the long-term sound and stable development of bilateral relations.
He explained that this cooperation means there will be comprehensive consultations, discussions, strategic planning or objectives, partnership of equals, accountability and transparency.