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Botswana acting foreign minister thanks China for assistance.

JOHANNESBURG (CyHAN)- Botswana's acting foreign minister on Tuesday expressed gratitude to development and technical assistance by China to Botswana.

Botswana cherishes and is grateful to receive generous development assistance from China, particularly scholarships and short-term training offers, said Mokgweetsi Masisi, Acting Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation.

Masisi said increasing volumes of trade, high level and business visits and the "generous" offers of development and technical assistance by China to Botswana shows the relations between two countries have grown stronger.

He made the comments at a reception celebrating the 65th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China, held by the Chinese Embassy to Botswana.

In 2014, the Chinese government donated a batch of video conference equipment to Botswana and provided about 80 government scholarships for Botswana students to study in China. The Chinese Embassy continued to assist local schools by adoption and donations of computers, books, sportswear and other accessories under the Adopt a School initiative.

Chinese Ambassador to Botswana Zheng Zhuqiang said China is also willing to build two more school for Botswana.

The ambassador said China is ready to share its development opportunity and achieve mutual benefits with Botswana.

At the reception, the Chinese envoy also congratulated the Batswana people on the upcoming Independence Day of Botswana and expressed his best wishes.

China's National Day on October 1 is one day after the Independence Day of Botswana, which comes at September 30.

China now is the third largest trade partner of Botswana and the second largest consumer of Botswana's diamond. The next year will mark the 40th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. (Cihan/Xinhua)

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