President Xi Jinping of the Peoples Republic of China has sent a hearty birthday message to President Yoweri Museveni wishing him the best and assuring him that China-Uganda relationship is at its best.
“On the occasion of your birthday, I have the pleasure to extend to you my sincere congratulations and best wishes,” he said in a message delivered by Chinese Ambassador to Uganda Mr. Zheng Zhu Qiang during a meeting with the President at Entebbe State House yesterday.
“During your working visit to China last June, we held cordial and friendly talks and jointly elevated the positioning of our bilateral relations. I attached great importance to the development of China-Uganda relations. I wish to work with you, taking the implementation of the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) as an opportunity, to further promote the Comprehensive Cooperative Partnership of our two countries to a new height so as to benefit our two countries and peoples. I wish you good health and every success,” read the message.
President Museveni said that he was very happy with his recent visit to China during which he and other African Heads of State and Government attended the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Summit in Beijing saying, he learned more about China’s policies in the ways of articulating its development, role and involvement in global economics.
“In development, it is not necessary to oppose good ideas. If the ideas are good, they will be supported automatically and they will succeed. If they are not good, they will be rejected,” he said.
Ambassador Zhu Qiang said that his country has learnt a lot from President Museveni’s well-researched speeches that have gone a long way in helping China understand and appreciate sustainable economic cooperation and development between Uganda and China in particular and the African continent in general.
The Ambassador observed that after President Museveni’s latest visit to China, the two governments have moved to implement collaborative agreements including the availing of US$300 million by the government of China to support Uganda on a number of regional issues.