Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian's Regular Press Conference on May 22, 2020

Source:MFA 2020-05-22


China Daily: The Heritage Foundation, an American think tank, released a report titled "Government Buildings in Africa Are a Likely Vector for Chinese Spying." I wonder if you have any comment on that?

Zhao Lijian: We noted the report. It hypes up "China bugging AU headquarters" and other ridiculous claims based on nothing but lies, illusions and ideological bias. African leaders publicly refuted such rumors on multiple occasions.

Facts speak louder than words. As Africa's good friend, partner and brother and based on the need of the African side, China has been conducting practical and efficient cooperation with African countries. Our cooperation outcomes, which include large amounts of infrastructure projects, have brought tangible benefits to the African people and created favorable conditions for cooperation between Africa and international partners. Since COVID-19 cases were found in Africa, China has been assisting African countries through various means. In his recent remarks delivered at the virtual opening ceremony of the 73rd World Health Assembly, President Xi Jinping announced China's new measures to support Africa in fighting the virus. Our cooperation with Africa is above board and substantive, demonstrate the vision of a China-Africa community with a shared future, which has won high acclaim from the African side.

We urge certain think tank in the US to spend more time and energy on assisting Africa with real actions instead of spreading lies. The African people have a fair judgment. Attempts to drive a wedge between the friendly partners of China and Africa will only lead to self-inflicted humiliation.


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