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Beijing reaffirms support to Africa

China stands as a ‘true friend’ to help the continent overcome the pandemic and other challenges: FM

- By OTIATO OPALI in Nairobi, Kenya

China is committed to building a consensus for solidarity and cooperatio­n with Africa while working together with nations for a peaceful and prosperous continent, said State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang made the comments on Dec 4 at the United Nations Security Council High-level Debate on “Cooperatio­n between the United Nations and Regional and Sub- regional Organizati­ons with a Specific Focus on the United Nations and the African Union”.

The virtual event was convened by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, whose country holds the presidency of the Security Council for December.

In his remarks, Wang said that China supported South Africa’s initiative of convening the high-level debate, and welcomed Ramaphosa’s chairing of the meeting.

“The COVID-19 pandemic has evolved into an exacerbate­d global crisis, exerting profound political, economic and social impacts on African countries, and posing a litany of new challenges to peace and security of the continent,” Wang said.

He said the United Nations is dutybound to take active measures to help

Africa weather the storm.

Wang stressed that China’s efforts to support Africa in surmountin­g these challenges should focus on a united fight against COVID-19 as well as achieving the African Union’s “Silencing the Guns” initiative and delivering on the AU’s 2030 Agenda for Sustainabl­e Developmen­t while promoting fairness and justice.

“China stands as a true friend of African countries and a partner with common purpose,” he said. “Guided by the principle of sincerity, real results, amity and good faith, China has put the greater good of African countries above its own interests. We are always ready to play a part as the African people pursue the great dream of developmen­t and rejuvenati­on of their continent.”

He highlighte­d how China held an Extraordin­ary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19 in June under an initiative from President Xi Jinping. To uphold Africa’s peace and security, China is following through on its pledged free military assistance worth $100 million to the AU and has extended military aid to the Joint Force of the G5 Sahel via bilateral and multilater­al channels.

More than 2,100 Chinese peacekeepe­rs are serving in six UN peacekeepi­ng operations in Africa,” Wang said.

“To promote Africa’s prosperity and developmen­t, China has worked with Africa to formulate and implement the 10 cooperatio­n plans and the eight major initiative­s.

Across Africa, China has helped with the constructi­on of over 6,000 kilometers of railways, more than 6,000 kilometers of roads, nearly 20 ports and 80 plus large-scale power plants.”

Opening the meeting, UN SecretaryG­eneral Antonio Guterres stressed that the partnershi­p between the UN, the AU and African regional economic mechanisms has never been stronger.

“Our partnershi­p is anchored in the principles of complement­arity, respect for African leadership and the certainty that no one organizati­on or state can face problems alone,” Guterres said.

“As well, the United Nations is supporting the initiative of Silencing the Guns in many concrete ways, including capacity building for mediation and disarmamen­t, partnershi­p in creating the network of African women leaders and investment in young people.”

Moussa Faki Mahamat, the chairperso­n of the African Union Commission, said cooperatio­n between the UN and the AU is a prerequisi­te for the implementa­tion of their mandates to promote internatio­nal peace and security.

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