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Ambassador Guo Defends Chinese Companies

Ambassador Guo Defends Chinese Companies

China’s ambassador to Zimbabwe Guo Shaochun has defended Chinese businesses operating in the country, saying they are operating in compliance with Zimbabwe’s laws.

This follows allegations that Chinese companies are violating workers’ rights and tax and environmental laws.

Speaking to journalists on Thursday, Guo said the Chinese embassy in Zimbabwe is not mandated to police Chinese-owned businesses operating in the country. He said:

I cannot acknowledge your assertions since all the businesses in Zimbabwe are being operated in line with Zimbabwean law.

The Chinese Embassy is not a law-enforcement agency. We suggest the media interview the Zimbabwean authorities to get true and comprehensive information.

All businesses, including those from China, must comply with the laws and regulations in the host country. Wrongdoers must be held accountable.

A Chinese national shot and injured a worker last year in Midlands after he asked for his unpaid wages.

In Mashonaland Central and Midlands, Chinese companies are accused of mining for granite and chrome respectively and leaving the land degraded.

Guo asserted that Chinese companies have been investing in Zimbabwe for years and creating thousands of jobs in the process. He said:

They have created thousands of local jobs, increased the country’s tax revenues and forex inflows, upskilled local workers, and generated business opportunities for local companies.

We support Zimbabwe in strengthening its regulatory framework and law enforcement. We call for a compliance monitoring team composed of government officials, local councillors, and community representatives to be set up in foreign-invested companies.

If anyone finds the possible wrongdoings of Chinese companies in Zimbabwe, he or she is welcome to file official complaints to the relevant Zimbabwean authorities, but we suggest such complaints consist of necessary basic elements such as who, when, what and where.

Last month, the Chinese Embassy in Zimbabwe threatened to take unspecified “strong countermeasures” against a local weekly publication, The Standard following the publication of a series of reports exposing unlawful activities by Chinese mining companies operating in Zimbabwe.

More: NewZimbabwe.com

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16 Comments

Doug 1 week ago

It happens when you have different laws for different people.


Maseya Hove 1 week ago

It's not only the Chinese even the Indians now the locals from murowa diamonds mines from local community now get sadza as pay no pay for for thems . Early this year the former GM for murowa announced that they be paid 40 percent rtgs and 60 percent $usa .but to now they are cheated only bond is being paid the $ is paid to the relatives and friends from Harare and other places while the locals are only peanuts .If the rtgs was paid on time it would be better but it's paid 3-4 months down the line so far invoices signed three months ago have not been paid.Talk to the locals on the ground not leaders who have been bribed to report falsehood.Jumo is the culprit sipping the now Indian led mine.The CEO is now an Indian and the former was also an Indian.Chinesese are better they abuse but paying manje Indians simply abuse no pay interview employees fom Capafare ,MMeiw and Vinebist for correct imfor on the ground.Headmans and chiefs have been bribed to help these Indians oppress their own people for a hamper with expired groceries they didn't see it they don't know what's an expired product shame

Gwedu 1 week ago

One country different systems. Tikwanirei hedu ma Chinese murimbwa zvenyu


monya 1 week ago

we are suffering of ****en Chinese


monya 1 week ago

we are suffering of ****en Chinese


monya 1 week ago

we are suffering of ****en Chinese


monya 1 week ago

we are suffering of ****en Chinese


monya 1 week ago

we are suffering of ****en Chinese


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WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 week ago

His Excellency Ambassador Guo is correct in his comments because he is employed to defend Chinese policies and citizens in Zimbabwe.

Anyone wronged by any Chinese actions or by Chinese persons must report to either the Police or to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs for remedial purposes.

What His Excellency Ambassador Guo is saying is not to run to the press. However, to avoid bad publicity, His Excellency Ambassador Gao is advised to tell his citizens that they are living in a foreign country whose laws and traditions should be duly respected.

[ THE CHINESE DO NOT GIVE YOU WORKING CAPITAL. THEY BUILD THEMSELVES STRACTURES FOR YOU ].

[ THE EUROPEANS AND THE AMERICANS GIVE CAPITAL FOR DEVELOPMENTAL PROJECTS ].

[ NGAAPINDE HAKE MUKOMANA CHAMISA ].

[ VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].

Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER ].


Leon 1 week ago

Government international relations Office should look deep on these issue and have answers


sugar boy 1 week ago

let the Chinese steal our resources becoz our govt is allowing it.



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