The Chinese Government is constructing an embassy in Lilongwe which China says is a testimony of its growing relations with Malawi.
The multi-million-dollar building, which is expected to have a floor space on seven hectares, is being constructed between Four Seasons Centre and the Presidential Village, along the Presidential Drive in Lilongwe City Centre.
The new building will replace the current one, which houses the embassy in Area 43.
Chinese Ambassador Pan Hejun said in an interview on Friday the project underlines the emerging significance of China in Malawi.
“Construction for the embassy has already started. We are going to build two office buildings, but next year we will only build one with the other to be constructed later. Within two or three years, the whole embassy will be constructed.
“The construction of our own office buildings means the relations between the two countries are long term. Chinese presence is here [in Malawi] forever,” said Pan.
In addition to two office blocks, the site will also house the ambassador’s residence.
Pan could not, however, mention the amount of money being spent on the project.