By Vera Samuel Anyagafu, Reporting from China
The Director General, Department of African Affairs, Mr. LIN .S. has described China-Africa relations to have reached a new historical starting point, given their highly compatible strategic interests and broad prospects for mutually beneficial cooperation. LIN also condemned the many attacks in the Northern part of Nigeria, saying that Nigeria is hugely endowed with both mineral and natural resources and the presence of insurgents in the country need to be treated urgently so as to enhance economic growth and people’s living standard.
“Nigeria needs to remove the root causes of terrorism in the country and China is ever willing to help Nigeria in this regard to enhance economic development. For fact, the Chinese government attaches high relationship with Nigeria, and both Presidents have a comprehensive strategy for mutually beneficial cooperation.
In order words, we join Nigeria in her efforts to fight the things that hinder the progress of development in the country, “China will adhere to the idea of pursuing peace through development and promoting development by maintaining peace and supporting Nigeria’s effort to seek sustainable development”, he said.
LIN who spoke during a meeting with African journalists at the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China, also expressed the Chinese government’s willingness to work in earnest with African countries, in order to assist in building and developing a China-Africa comprehensive strategy and cooperative partnership, that will feature political equality and mutual trust win-win economic cooperation, mutually enriching cultural exchanges, as well as mutually assistance in security and solidarity and coordination in international affairs.
To achieve the shared goal, LIN said, China will support African countries efforts in infrastructure and human resources development, which appear to be major bottlenecks that have long been constraining Africa’s development, adding that, “There is need to promote China-Africa industrial alignment and capacity cooperation to facilitate Africa’s industralisation and agricultural modernisation.”
Responding to the declaration made by the Chinese President, Xi Jingpin at the just concluded United Nations Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, where the President pledged an additional $60 billion USD in economic aid for African countries to develop energy and infrastructure, and also pledged to train 200 thousand technicians in Africa and an additional 40 thousand technicians in China, LIN said, the Chinese government is of the view that countries should respect and support each other’s efforts to explore and improve developmental paths, hence, it is ready to engage in variety of experience-sharing programs and deepening of economic and trade co-operation.
He noted, “China will work together with African countries to bring into full play the values of friendship, justice and shared interests, as well as, win-win cooperation, the principle of openness and inclusiveness and market-based operation. China will prioritise support for Africa’s agricultural modernization in its cooperation with Africa in the new era.”
Adding that China will also help boost Africa’s industrialization, which he pointed out as a key area and main focus of China’s cooperation with Africa, he therefore calls for a more aligned and capacity cooperation to play a leading role in bringing about overall development that will help accelerate industrialization and path to prosperity in Africa.