China-Africa cooperation contribute to over 20% of Africa’s development: Chinese Premier

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Addis Ababa, 3 May 2014 (WIC) - China-Africa cooperation has contributed to over 20% of Africa’s development, Chinese premier Li Kegiang made the statement while briefing African journalists in Beijing last week.

China-Africa relationship has become a pacesetter of South-South cooperation featuring sincerity, mutual trust and harmony, he added. “In 2013, China-Africa trade reached US$210 billion, 2,000 times that of 1960”.

He added that China has been Africa’s biggest trading partner for five years running. “More than 2,500 Chinese companies are operating in Africa, creating over 100,000 jobs for the local communities. Last year, the over 1.4 million visits by Chinese travelers generated huge amount of exchange revenue for Africa. The “China factor” has been more and more evident in Africa’s development”.

China-Africa cooperation has brought real benefits to peoples of both sides and holds broad prospects, the premier stressed.

“It is fair to say that Africa has become a major force in moving the world towards multi-polarity, an important emerging market that helps promote global economic recovery and integration, and an outstanding representative of diverse civilizations in the world. I have great admiration for the spirit of unity and perseverance of the African people and have full confidence in the bright future of Africa’s development”.

Since the 1950s and 1960s, our common historical experiences have brought China and Africa together, and we have forged deep friendship in our joint struggle during which we have supported each other in times of difficulty, he said.

The Chinese people will never forget that it is our African brothers who carried us into the United Nations and we are always proud to have built the Tazara, adding he said China has always voiced its strongest support in upholding the legitimate rights and interests of Africa and other developing countries. “To us Chinese, the African people are always our good brother, good friend and good partner who are trustworthy and reliable”.

China is ready to work with African countries to enhance strategic mutual trust, deepen cooperation in upholding peace and security, boost practical cooperation, strengthen cultural and people-to-people exchanges and make greater progress in building a new type of China-Africa strategic partnership, he added.

“I believe this visit will be one of cooperation and solidarity on the basis of past traditions. I will tread the path of friendship previously paved by the older generation of Chinese and African leaders, where I will feel the deep friendship based on solidarity and mutual assistance between the Chinese and African people, see for myself Africa’s dynamic economic and social development, and listen to the African people’s description of their expectation of good life in the future”.

He said that he is more than ready to make concrete efforts to deepen China-Africa relations and advance our cooperation in various fields to the greater benefit of our peoples.

“I hope that through my visit, the 1 billion African people will strengthen their understanding that the 1.3 billion Chinese people are always their sincere friends and reliable partners and that China is ready to pass on the relay baton of China-Africa friendship to future generations together with Africa”.

China is the largest developing country and Africa is the continent with the largest number of developing countries. Both China and Africa face the urgent task of developing economy and realizing modernization”.

China and Africa will expand exchanges and cooperation in poverty reduction for common development will strengthen industrial and commercial cooperation and promote Africa’s industrialization and manufacturing sector, enhance cooperation in human resources and eco-environment so as to sustain the momentum of Africa’s long-term development he reiterated.

“Problems, the premier believes, after all, are isolated cases in the whole picture of China-Africa cooperation. In recent years, the deepening of cooperation has been the mainstream and general trend”.

For China and Africa, cooperation means opportunities; cooperation is win-win, according to premier Li.

“Like many African countries, China once suffered foreign invasion and fell under colonial and semi-colonial rule. “Do not do to others what you do not want done to you” is a millennia-old idea important in Chinese civilization. The so-called “China’s neo-colonialism in Africa” is a false accusation inconsistent with Chinese tradition and culture, and does not reflect the reality on the ground.