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President Mutharika meets Chinese President Xi Jinping, marvels at Chinese poverty to prosperity success story

Written by  George Pemba in Beijing, China

Beijing, China, September 1, 2018: President Arthur Peter Mutharika says he is personally anxious to learn how China managed to move from poverty to prosperity within a reasonable period of time.

Speaking when he paid a courtesy call to Chinese President, Xin Jimping at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing- China on Saturday, Mutharika said he often marvels at how China, which used to beg from other countries, could turn into such a prosperous nation within a short time.

“I understand when you were governor of Xi’an Xianyang City, you took the people from poverty to prosperity and we would like to learn from that. My government is also committed to doing that and we would like to learn how China can help us achieve that,” explained Mutharika.

Mutharika said it was pleasing to note how fast the people-to-people relationship between Malawi and China was fast growing. He expressed commitment to further strengthen the relationship.

“We are very much appreciative of what China has done to Africa and Malawi in particular. We appreciate China’s vision for Malawi. Within ten years, China has done tremendous development in Africa and Malawi in particular,” said Mutharika.

The president said he is committed to continuing with the legacy Late Bingu wa Mutharika left behind by switching relationships from Taiwan to Mainland China.

Speaking earlier, the Chinese President welcomed President Mutharika and his entourage, commending them for their support to the Forum on China Africa Cooperation Summit.

Jimping expressed commitment to expanding further the bilateral relationship that exists between China and Malawi.

Later in the day, President Mutharika was hosted to a banquet by the Chairman of the National People’s Congress Li Zhan Shu, which happens to be the ruling party.