People's Republic of China–Lesotho relations refer to the bilateral relations of the People's Republic of China and Lesotho. Relations began in 1983, with the first significant diplomatic exchange occurring when Prime Minister Leabua Jonathan visited China later that year, followed by King Moshoeshoe II in 1985. Foreign relations were broken off in 1990 when Lesotho opened diplomatic relations with the Republic of China, although restored in 1994 when the Basutoland Congress Party ceased relations with Taiwan.
Chinese development finance to Lesotho
From 2000 to 2012, there are approximately 33 Chinese official development finance projects identified in Lesotho through various media reports. These projects range from an MOU between ZTE and Lesotho government for the provision of industrial communication devices, training, and a stake in Telecom Lesotho in 2006, to funding the construction of a new parliament building in Maseru in 2007.
- Lesotho, Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, accessed 20 April 2009, last updated 26 August 2003
- Austin Strange, Bradley C. Parks, Michael J. Tierney, Andreas Fuchs, Axel Dreher, and Vijaya Ramachandran. 2013. China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection. CGD Working Paper 323. Washington DC: Center for Global Development.http://china.aiddata.org[permanent dead link]
- Strange, Parks, Tierney, Fuchs, Dreher, and Ramachandran, China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection.http://aiddatachina.org/projects/752
- Strange, Parks, Tierney, Fuchs, Dreher, and Ramachandran, China’s Development Finance to Africa: A Media-Based Approach to Data Collection.http://aiddatachina.org/projects/1096
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