DAR ES SALAAM, Sept. 28 (Xinhua) -- Regardless of the ever-changing world landscape, the bond between Tanzania and China remains unshakable, former Tanzanian Prime Minister Salim Ahmed Salim said recently in a written interview with Xinhua.
China and Tanzania have a very special relationship that has endured several decades, Salim said.
"It is anchored by those who see the bigger picture and always believe that only we have the capacity and ability to promote socio-economic development and prosperity," he said.
"It is a tie of friendship and trust. Over the years, China has made important contributions to Africa's economic development and has been critical to advancing Africa's economic emancipation," he said, adding that he hopes China and African countries will boost cooperation to further help Africa fulfill its economic transformation.
"I believe that the relationship between Tanzanians and the people of China will have a role to play in fostering that development. As they say in Kiswahili, Tupo Pamoja (we are together)," he said.
In 1971, Salim, then representative of Tanzania to the United Nations (UN), spearheaded the campaign for the People's Republic of China (PRC) to restore its lawful seat in the United Nations.
"It was a historic moment. And for me, personally, a great occasion. For Tanzania, for all of Africa, for all of us who worked so hard to make it happen," Salim said about the time when the PRC was recognized as the only legitimate representative of China to the United Nations.
The restoration is key to making the organization vibrant, he said.
China, one of the most important countries in the world, plays a pivotal role in the UN's vitality, he said.
Salim was among the six foreigners who were granted China's Friendship Medal recently for their great contributions to supporting China's socialist modernization, promoting exchanges and cooperation with China and safeguarding world peace.
"It is truly a great honor for me. Really, I did not expect it," said Salim.
As the PRC prepares to celebrate the 70th anniversary of its founding, Salim said China's prosperity over the past seven decades is a testament to the viability of the Chinese path of development.