China here again to celebrate with Basotho

THATO RAMAFU

MASERU – September 22 saw the Chinese Embassy in Maseru celebrate their 2018 Culture with a performance by the China Jinan Art Troupe that visited the country with a show at ’Manthabiseng Convention Centre. This ceremony, graced by the acting Tourism Minister Temeki Tsolo of Tourism, and Charge d’Affraires and Political Counselor of the Chinese Embassy in Lesotho Mr. Song Changqing, as well as guest from the People’s Republic of China and Lesotho, was a breath taking ceremony.

Come October, both Lesotho and China will celebrate their national day. Dispatched by the Chinese government, the China Jinan Art Troupe travelled tens of thousands of miles to join and celebrate with Basotho. “They have brought not only dances, songs and acrobatics, but also sincere greetings and best wishes from the Chinese government and people to our Basotho brothers and sisters,” Mr Song Changqing said.

This is the third art troupe visiting Lesotho in the past three years. “This is an evident sign that the relations between the two countries have become more strong and have blossomed,” Changqing said. Changqing also noted that the exchanges and cooperation between Lesotho and China have been enhanced in multiple areas such as infrastructure, agriculture, training, public health and disaster relief.

According to Changqing the two countries have also worked diligently in executing the outcomes of the Johannesburg FOCAC Summit and a couple of major projects including the Maseru Districts Hospital and Eye Clinic, the Ha Mpiti-Sehlabathebe Road soon be kicked off. “At the Just concluded FOCAC Beijing Summit, leaders of China and African countries have mapped out the path forward to build a community of shared future of China and Africa.

Also on behalf of the Chinese government, H.E President Xi Jinping announced the eight initiatives to further strengthen China-Africa cooperation in the coming three years,” he further said. He concluded that the China-Lesotho relations will witness new further developments and bring more tangible benefits to the people’s of the two countries.

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