​China FM spokesman: our policy is friendly cooperation with Africa

2020-01-14 17:26:19

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay official visits to Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea, Burundi and Zimbabwe from Jan. 7 to 13.

China foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said in a press conference on Monday that our policy is friendly cooperation with Africa and that China says it does for Africa what its critics are ‘unwilling to do’.

There is a debate among geopolitical commentators about the nature of Chinese engagement in Africa. With all the long history of colonialism they have in Africa, westerners and China’s rivals suggest the Chinese seek to undermine democracy and accuse China of saddling the continent with decades of debt that can't be repaid; a considerable number of analysts believe that China genuinely has the interests of Africa at heart though, since all; this debt in African countries is the result of west imposed technological limitations on African countries and the corruption of its west appointed leaders.

Foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday there is no connection between debt loads on the continent, and Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) projects in Africa, where Foreign Minister Wang Yi is wrapping up a five-nation tour centered on China-Africa cooperation.

“Criticism and slanders have never stopped BRI cooperation from growing and flourishing or dampened the enthusiasm in the BRI among the vast majority of countries,” Geng said. “To date we have signed 199 BRI cooperation documents with 137 countries and 30 international organizations, including 44 African countries and the African Union Commission.”

Geng pointed to the Mombasa-Nairobi railway as a partnership with Kenya that boosted economic growth by 1.6 percent, just as Wang has emphasized Chinese investment during his stops in Egypt, Djibouti, Eritrea, Burundi and Zimbabwe.