Ugandan president hails China-Uganda ties as Chinese community celebrates National Day

Source:Xinhua Published: 2017/9/26 10:26:34

The Chinese community in Uganda on Monday celebrated the 68th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni who attended the ceremony held here hailed the China-Uganda ties, noting that many of the country's infrastructure projects have been constructed with funding from China.

He applauded China's noninterference policy in domestic matters of sovereign countries.

"Chinese don't come here to tell us what to do. They come, you give your opinion and they give theirs. They will always take yours because they know it is your country," he said.

Zheng Zhuqiang, Chinese Ambassador to Uganda, hailed Uganda for its support to China on international issues.

"China deeply appreciates the firm support of Uganda on the issue of South China Sea, Tibet and Taiwan. At present, with the joint efforts of President Xi Jinping and President Museveni, our bilateral relationship has entered the best period in history," Zheng said.

The ceremony that was also among others attended by foreign envoys had performances which included singing, dancing and martial arts by Chinese and Ugandans.

China was one of the first countries in the world to recognize Uganda's independence from British rule in 1962.

China is now the largest source of foreign investment to Uganda and the total Chinese investment exceeded 4.25 billion US dollars by end of 2016, according to Chinese embassy figures.

Among the key investments are in infrastructure and mining sector. China is funding the construction of the 1.68 billion dollar Karuma Hydropower Plant, the 568 million dollar Isimba Hydropower Plant, and the 470 million dollar Entebbe-Kampala Expressway, among others.

China National Offshore Oil Corporation has invested about 2 billion dollars in developing Uganda's oil fields.

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