President Mutharika arrives in Beijing for FOCAC Summit

Written by  Aston Gondwe

President Professor Mutharika has arrived in China’s Capital Beijing to join other heads of state and delegates from over fifty countries for the 3rd forum on Africa and China Cooperation – FOCAC Summit.

Arrival of President Mutharika in China Arrival of President Mutharika in China

The event is a key platform for collective dialogue with China. During the meeting, the two parties are expected to accomplish three central goals. Such include injecting a strong push to the development of bilateral ties and consolidating a political foundation for continued unity. 


“We have had bilateral relations with China for the past ten years. We are now entering the second phase of another ten years.

“Through the discussions that will take place, we expect that there will be more bilateral cooperation with China,” said Minister of Foreign Affairs Emmanuel Fabiano soon after President Professor Mutharika’s arrival.

Government through our Head of State will hold a number of meetings with different organisations that are operating in China and other countries in Africa, with the hope that we can encourage them to come and invest in Malawi through direct foreign investment,” he added.

According to Presidential Press Secretary Mgeme Kalirani, the Malawi leader has once again used a commercial flight for this international official trip, pointing out that he has led a “lean delegation which includes five cabinet ministers” for a number of high level talks in such areas as agriculture, trade and diplomacy.

The Summit in Beijing this year is the third of its kind. It is themed: “Win-win cooperation and join hands to build a closer community with a shared future for Africa and China.

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