China-Africa friendship rock-solid despite changing int'l landscape: Chinese FM
China-Africa cooperation has become a pioneer in global cooperation with Africa, and has promoted other countries to pay more attention to Africa and increase their investment in Africa, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said, adding that this is a good thing for Africa, and as a friend of Africa, China is also happy about it.
China-Africa cooperation features an early launch, rapid progress, various fields, heavy investment and fruitful results, Wang said in an interview with the People's Daily as he concluded on Saturday his visits to five African nations, namely Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Tanzania and Seychelles.
In its cooperation with Africa, China always follows the principle of sincerity, real results, amity and good faith and the principle of pursuing the greater good and shared interests, he said.
China, he added, has consistently done more good deeds and delivered more tangible results for the wellbeing of the African people while respecting and listening to Africa in line with Africa's needs and interests.
Meanwhile, the Asian country never attaches any political strings and never interferes in Africa's internal affairs, which is welcomed by African countries, Wang said.
According to the Chinese foreign minister, China has built over 6,000 km of railways and roads respectively, nearly 20 ports and over 80 large electric power facilities, and constructed over 130 medical facilities, 45 stadiums and over 170 schools across Africa. Also, China has sent 21,000 medical workers to 48 African countries and treated about 220 million African patients.
Noting that the tangible achievements of China-Africa cooperation have blossomed everywhere on the African continent, which have met Africa's needs and improved the African people's livelihood, Wang said it is undeniable that China-Africa cooperation is a well-deserved leading endeavor in international cooperation with Africa.
The international community has a shared responsibility to support Africa's development, Wang said, adding that instead of playing a zero-sum game, China welcomes all parties of the international community to increase input in Africa, leverage their respective strengths and form effective synergy.
Noting that China-Africa cooperation has never been closed or exclusive, Wang said China stands ready to actively promote tripartite or multi-party cooperation with Africa, so as to jointly play a constructive role in promoting peace and development in Africa.
Africa should be a big stage for international cooperation, not an arena for competition between major countries, he added.
China-Africa friendship remains rock-solid and stable, no matter what the international situation they face and what difficulties, obstacles, or disruptions they encounter, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Wang made the remarks during an interview with the People's Daily as he concluded on Saturday his visits to five African nations, namely Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Botswana, Tanzania and Seychelles.
Noting that China is the largest developing country, while Africa is the continent where developing countries are most concentrated, he said the two sides enjoy profound traditional friendship.
In the cause of independence and liberation of African nations, China and Africa were good comrades-in-arms and good brothers through thick and thin, and in the process of Africa's modernization, they are good partners for common development and good friends for win-win cooperation, he added.
Meanwhile, in upholding the common rights and interests of developing countries and promoting greater democracy in international relations, China and Africa also work shoulder to shoulder and stand back to back, he said.
During this visit, the message sent by China and Africa to the outside world is very clear, Wang noted.
The two sides both cherish the friendly tradition and are determined to carry it forward, and they both affirm their strong support for each other and vow to jointly safeguard national sovereignty and dignity, he explained.
They both shoulder the mission of national rejuvenation and stand ready to join hands to safeguard their legitimate right to development, and they are both committed to fairness and justice, advocate true multilateralism and oppose any external interference, he added.
Amid the once-in-a-century COVID-19 pandemic and unprecedented global changes, facing the countercurrent of unilateralism, protectionism and power politics, China and Africa, Wang said, are working together in the same direction to gather the mighty strength of the 2.7 billion Chinese and African people, which constitutes the strongest guarantee for safeguarding their common interests.
Going forward, China and Africa will further strengthen strategic coordination to enrich their comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields to accelerate common development, step up people-to-people and cultural exchanges to enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples, Wang said.
China and Africa will also increase coordination in international affairs to help shape the international order toward greater justice and equity, and further forge a common understanding to jointly build an even stronger China-Africa community with a shared future, he added.