Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on January 3, 2019
Q: It is reported that Egyptian Ambassador to China Osama el Magdoub said in a recent interview that as Egypt assumes the rotating presidency of the AU in 2019, China and Egypt can strengthen cooperation during Egypt's presidency and collaborate on issues of common concern. What is China's comment?
A: The AU is the banner of Africa's endeavor to seek strength through unity. China has always attached great importance to its relations with the AU and supported the AU in playing an active role in international and regional affairs. Egypt will assume the presidency of the AU this year. China is willing to strengthen bilateral and multilateral communication and coordination with Egypt and make joint efforts for the cause of peace and development in Africa.
As everyone knows, it has become a fine tradition over the years that the Chinese Foreign Minister has chosen Africa as the destination of his first overseas visit each year. This week, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi is visiting Africa, during which he will visit the AU Headquarters and meet with the Chairman of the AU Commission Faki. China hopes that through this visit, we could strengthen coordination with Africa on implementing the outcomes of the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit and the consensus reached by the leaders of the two sides, jointly contribute to peace, stability and development in Africa, and elevate the overall interests of the developing countries.