Zim­babwe: A Coun­try with a Va­ri­ety of Styles

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2018 is a spe­cial year for Chi­naAfrica re­la­tions. The 2018 Bei­jing Sum­mit of the Fo­rum on Chi­naAfrica Co­op­er­a­tion (FOCAC) was held in Septem­ber. Over the decades, China and many African coun­tries have main­tained a good re­la­tion­ship and worked to­gether to pro­mote mu­tual ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion. The Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive and FOCAC will fur­ther ad­vance mu­tual ben­e­fit for Chi­nese and African peo­ples.

Zim­babwe is lo­cated in south­east­ern Africa. It borders Mozam­bique to the east, South Africa to the south, Botswana to the west and Zam­bia to the north­west. The coun­try fea­tures rich nat­u­ral re­sources and de­vel­oped in­dus­tries, with man­u­fac­tur­ing, agri­cul­ture and min­ing in­dus­tries as its three ma­jor eco­nomic pil­lars. It is one of a few coun­tries with a large num­ber of African ele­phants.

A staff mem­ber at Zim­babwe's booth at the third “Colour­ful World—cul­tural Ex­hi­bi­tion of Coun­tries along the Belt and Road” event com­mu­ni­cated with vis­i­tors en­thu­si­as­ti­cally and in­tro­duced the coun­try. They pointed to ele­phant sculp­tures and talked about ele­phants' trunks: “Some of them tilt their trunks up­ward while some are slouched. Ele­phants of­ten let them go slack at sun­rise and raise them at sun­set when they take a bath.” The wooden ele­phant sculp­tures dis­played at the booth fea­ture dif­fer­ent forms and styles, demon­strat­ing Zim­bab­wean peo­ple's af­fec­tion for the an­i­mal.

Zim­babwe is fa­mous for pro­duc­ing high­qual­ity croc­o­dile skin. Lo­cal peo­ple are fa­mil­iar with crocodiles and make many wooden croc­o­dile fig­ures. The booth also fea­tured wooden fig­ures of gi­raffes, por­cu­pines, fish, leop­ards and hip­pos, at­tract­ing many vis­i­tors. The fig­ures rep­re­sented the rich­ness of Zim­babwe's di­verse species.

The coun­try has a wealth of nat­u­ral re­sources, and its peo­ple utilise them ef­fec­tively to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful life. Zim­bab­weans com­bine colour­ful strips of cloth with plant ma­te­rial to make hand­bags. Ex­ca­vated gems are pol­ished to make a va­ri­ety of or­na­ments. Lo­cal leather drums are usu­ally dec­o­rated with pat­terns fea­tur­ing na­tional char­ac­ter­is­tics. Stone bowls and pes­tles are care­fully pol­ished, lead­ing to a beau­ti­ful ap­pear­ance that pro­vides a good dec­o­ra­tion for daily life. The Zim­babwe booth at the event also fea­tured posters of its na­tional em­blem and flag, an­i­mals, land­scapes and peo­ple's lives.

The coat of arms of Zim­babwe sym­bol­ises and de­picts many as­pects of the coun­try. This na­tional em­blem fea­tures a green shield. There are 14 wavy white and blue lines at the top in the chief ar­gent sec­tion. A rep­re­sen­ta­tion of the an­cient King­dom of Great Zim­babwe is de­picted in the main sec­tion. The wavy white and blue lines rep­re­sent Vic­to­ria Falls and wa­ter in gen­eral, which brings pros­per­ity to Zim­babwe. There are strips of silky gold and green, rep­re­sent­ing the na­tional fi­nan­cial en­ter­prise and pro­tec­tion of the econ­omy. A hoe and a ri­fle are in the back­ground, which cel­e­brate the strug­gle for peace and democ­racy. There is a kudu on the left and right, each stand­ing on top of a mound of earth com­posed of stalks of wheat, a pile of cot­ton and a head of maize, which are used to eu­lo­gise the har­vest and his­tor­i­cal tra­di­tion. A ban­ner em­bla­zoned with the Zim­bab­wean na­tional motto—"unity, Free­dom, Work”—is fea­tured at the bot­tom.

A strik­ing photo of Vic­to­ria Falls was on dis­play at the booth also. It is one of the three largest water­falls in the world and the largest in width (1,800 m) and height (108 m). It lies on the Zam­bezi River at the bor­der be­tween Zam­bia and Zim­babwe. Euro­pean ex­plorer David Liv­ing­stone dis­cov­ered the wa­ter­fall in 1855 and named it af­ter Queen Vic­to­ria. Vic­to­ria Falls has be­come world-fa­mous and is now a UN­ESCO World Nat­u­ral Her­itage Site and a pop­u­lar tourist at­trac­tion.

Pho­tos of land­scapes and other ex­hibits at the booth en­abled vis­i­tors to ex­pe­ri­ence the fas­ci­nat­ing charm of the coun­try. Zim­babwe has pro­moted friendly re­la­tions be­tween China and African coun­tries and holds China's Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive in good re­gard. The coun­try calls on African peo­ples to par­tic­i­pate in its devel­op­ment within the frame­work of the Fo­rum on Chi­naAfrica Co­op­er­a­tion. Staff mem­bers from the Em­bassy of the Repub­lic of Zim­babwe stated that par­tic­i­pat­ing in the “Colour­ful World” event demon­strated Zim­babwe's sup­port for the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive.

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