Lilongwe, 15 June 2022 (TDI): Wu Peng, the Director-General of the Department of African Affairs, Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs met Nancy Tembo, the Foreign Minister of the Republic of Malawi on Tuesday. The meeting took place in Lilongwe, the capital city of Malawi. It focused on various matters of mutual concern between the two countries.

During the meeting, Chinese Director-General Wu Peng reached an agreement with Malawian Foreign Minister, Tembo.

The aim of the agreement is to announce that both China and Malawi have zero tolerance for racism. During the past few years, China has been working on dealing with those unlawful online acts which spread racism. In the near future, China will continue to crack down on such racial discrimination videos.

The Relationship between China and Malawi

On December 28, 2007, the Chinese Foreign Ministry announced in Beijing that China and Malawi had established diplomatic relations. In September 2008, nine months after the establishment of ties, the trade volume between the two countries reached $59 million, an increase of 120 percent over 2007.

Although the establishment of bilateral relations is not long ago, the two countries have promoted the development of cooperation in various fields during the past few years. The cooperation between China and Malawi mainly focuses on four issues. The four highlighted topics are Infrastructure development, agriculture and food security, health care, and education.

Based on the beginning of bilateral relations, both China and Malawi have been coordinating policies to benefit each other. Under the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), since July 2008, China has granted duty-free treatment to most Malawian products exported to China. By the end of 2020, 97% of Malawian products can be exported to China with zero tariffs.

Moreover, the Chinese government has supported Malawi cope with natural disasters and food crises. From 2016 to 2022, the Chinese government has donated 15,880 tons of rice to Malawi. Accordingly, donations from the Chinese government benefited more than one million people and greatly alleviated the food shortage in Malawi.

Furthermore, China also works with Malawi in the fields of medical technology, information, and communication technology (ICT), people-to-people exchange, and so on. In conclusion, the development of bilateral relations between China and Malawi is worth looking forward to in the future.

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