On January 5, 2021 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Nigerian Foreign Affairs Minister Geoffrey Onyeama jointly met the press in Abuja, Nigeria.
When being asked the opinion on some international discussions on China-Africa cooperation, saying that China is increasing its influence in Africa and competing with other countries there, Wang Yi answered, China-Africa friendship has withstood various tests and grown even stronger as time goes by.
Back in the days when Africa was fighting for national independence and liberation, we were comrades in arms and forged a deep friendship. During the period when Africa pursues economic growth and prosperity, we are partners seeking win-win outcomes through cooperation.
China has never attached any political conditions to its aid to Africa, let alone interfered in Africa’s internal affairs. Whenever Africa encountered great difficulties, China was the first to lend a helping hand and offer assistance.
For the two decades since the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the trades between China and Africa and China’s investment in Africa have expanded by 20-fold and 100-fold, respectively.
China has built more than 6,000 kilometers of railway lines, 6,000 kilometers of roads, nearly 20 ports and more than 80 large power facilities in Africa, assisted Africa in building over 130 medical facilities, 45 gymnasiums and 170-plus schools, dispatched 21,000 medical team members to 48 African countries and treated about 220 million patients in Africa.
Wang Yi said, the results of China-Africa cooperation have spread all over Africa, bringing significant changes to local economic and social development and making important contributions to improving the lives of African people.
The unremitting efforts made by China in this regard cannot be discredited, and the hard work done by Chinese engineers, technicians and medical workers cannot be ignored. Today’s China-Africa cooperation has spearheaded the international cooperation with Africa, driving other countries to pay more attention to Africa and increase their investment in Africa. It is good to Africa, and China, as a friend of Africa, is also happy about it.
Wang Yi said, it is a firm belief of China that Africa is not an arena for superpower games but a major stage for international cooperation. As supporting African development is a shared responsibility of the international community, all countries should carry out cooperation with Africa on the premise of respecting Africa’s sovereignty and listening to Africa’s voice, give full play to their respective advantages and pool efforts in an effective way, and do more beneficial and practical work for the well-being of African people.
China will continue to strengthen cooperation with Africa on the principle of sincerity, real results, amity and good faith and the principle of pursuing the greater good and shared interests, and is also willing to conduct dialogues and exchanges with all parties in this regard. China-Africa cooperation has never been closed and exclusive. China is willing to actively promote tripartite or multi-party cooperation with Africa and jointly play a constructive role in promoting peace and development in Africa.