No strings at­tached

China Daily (Canada) - - COMMENT -

For­eign Min­is­ter Wang Yi is on a four-na­tion tour of Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa, hon­or­ing a 24-year-old tra­di­tion of Chi­nese for­eign min­is­ters pay­ing their first for­eign visit ev­ery year to the con­ti­nent.This shows China re­mains com­mit­ted to main­tain­ing and de­vel­op­ing mean­ing­ful in­ter­ac­tion with Africa.

Wang’s visit to Ethiopia, Dji­bouti, Ghana and Sene­gal will strengthen China’s ties with the four coun­tries and the con­ti­nent as a whole.

China has not only been ad­vo­cat­ing that the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity should in­ten­sify pro­duc­tive in­ter­ac­tions with Africa, but also has set an ex­am­ple of how to pro­vide African coun­tries with de­vel­op­ment aid and help them grow stronger.

Un­like some Western coun­tries, China does not set con­di­tions for grant­ing aid to African coun­tries, be­cause its co­op­er­a­tion with them is based on the prin­ci­ple of equal­ity, mu­tual trust and rec­i­proc­ity. That ex­plains why China’s pres­ence in Africa has won wide­spread sup­port.

Wang has used his visit to the four coun­tries to ex­plain in de­tail China’s stance on burn­ing is­sues in Africa and mat­ters con­cern­ing the long-time de­vel­op­ment of the con­ti­nent.

He has called for im­me­di­ate cease­fire in South Su­dan and re­as­sured African coun­tries of China’s role as an ac­tive par­tic­i­pant in the con­ti­nent’s peace and sta­bil­ity process.

Speak­ing in the Ethiopian cap­i­tal of Ad­dis Ababa on Mon­day, Wang said China will not com­pete with the other in­ter­na­tional part­ners of the con­ti­nent.

This is a strong mes­sage con­sid­er­ing that some coun­tries have been try­ing to turn Africa into an arena for un­healthy com­pe­ti­tion to fulfi ll their ul­te­rior po­lit­i­cal goals.

Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa is fac­ing both chal­lenges and op­por­tu­ni­ties. And some of the re­gion’s coun­tries are likely to face un­cer­tain­ties in eco­nomic and/or se­cu­rity fields in the process of na­tion build­ing and work­ing for com­mon pros­per­ity.

As part of its in­ter­na­tional re­spon­si­bil­ity, China will con­tinue to help Sub-Sa­ha­ran Africa to de­velop into a pros­per­ous and sta­ble re­gion.

In this re­gard, it is will­ing to work with in­ter­na­tional part­ners that are re­ally con­cerned with the well-be­ing of the African peo­ple.

Wang’s visit to the re­gion sends a clear mes­sage that China, like al­ways, seeks win-win re­sults from its en­gage­ment in the con­ti­nent.

There­fore, al­le­ga­tions that China is ex­ploit­ing the con­ti­nent for its own gains are not only ir­re­spon­si­ble, but also base­less.

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