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Ethiopia's Largest English Newspaper Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Yuxi

On 29 August 2018, the Daily Monitor, Ethiopia’s largest English newspaper, published a signed article by Ambassador Liu Yuxi entitled My African Mission. The full text is as follows:

I was very much happy when I was informed that I would be appointed as Head of the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the African Union, and assume my duty in Addis Ababa, also known as political and diplomatic capital of Africa.

After accumulating nearly fifteen years of working experience here, I feel more African now than ever. I grew up in an era when China-Africa relationship was taking root and heard fascinating stories about Pan-African pioneers such as Kwame Nkruma, Julius Nyerere, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Haile Selassie I. My parents used to talk a lot about these leaders and the construction of the Chinese built TAZARA railway in 1970s, linking several African countries to a port in Tanzania.

And now, my career as diplomat has brought me here, giving me another chance to witness Africa’s revival from an ignored continent to a key player both on political and economical issues on the global stage. I’m delighted to see African countries joining hands for self-strengthening and integrated development. I feel lucky to be part of China’s effort to boost and strengthen its friendly relationship with Africa and look forward to leaving my mark on China-African Union and China-Africa cooperation too.

Our world is going through major development, transformation and adjustment. I believe peace and development should reflect the will of the people and the trend of the times. However, hegemony, protectionism and unilateralism are causing a great clamor at the moment. Under such circumstances, China as the biggest developing country and Africa as the continent with the largest number of developing countries, are facing similar tasks in terms of tackling development challenges and have a lot of common interests. It is more important than ever before that the two sides should strengthen their unity and cooperation.

The Chinese government attaches great importance to China-Africa relations, and that is why President Xi Jinping made his first overseas trip to Africa right after he was first elected as President in 2013. When he was re-elected this year, his first foreign visits brought him to Africa again. Through joint efforts of both Chinese and African leaders, the China-Africa Comprehensive Strategic and Cooperative Partnership is developing rapidly and presenting an all-round, multi-level and wide-ranging pattern of cooperation between the two sides.

China believes that ten percent of any pledge have to be matched by ninety percent of implementation. At the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in December 2015, President Xi announced $60 billion funding pledge to support

ten major China-Africa cooperation plans. The impact of this commitment on the two sides' cooperation is remarkable. Since the Johannesburg Summit, there have been frequent and high-level visits between China and Africa, and practical cooperation is gaining new momentum. Over 90% of the 60 billion-dollar financial commitments have either been put into operation or earmarked for specific usage. A series of infrastructure projects including Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway, Nairobi-Mombasa Railway, industrial parks, special economic zones and various cooperation projects to enhance industrial production capacity have been operationalized.

China is committed to mutually beneficial and win-win cooperation, and proposes intensive and sustainable development. We dedicate our work not only to “transfusing blood” but also to “creating blood” for Africa. China has therefore trained 162,000 vocational and technical personnel in Africa, and provided 43,000 training opportunities and over 20,000 governmental scholarships for Africans in its universities and educational institutions over the past few years.

Next month, Chinese and African leaders will meet in Beijing for FOCAC Summit and discuss on ways to further develop their friendship and cooperation. China will always adhere to the principles of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith and uphold the righteous values of justice and interests in its cooperation with the continent and will step up its efforts to create more synergy in the Belt and Road Initiative, the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, Agenda 2063 and the development strategies of each African country. During FOCAC Summit, new measures and initiatives will be rolled out for cooperation in politics, economy, social development, people-to-people exchanges, peace and security, and international affairs.

Even mountains and seas cannot separate people with common aspirations. China and Africa have been good friends during the struggle for liberation and they are reliable partners in socio-economic development, and will definitely continue to be intimate brothers in building new-type international relations.

China’s development is a historical opportunity for Africa’s rising narrative. A united, prosperous and peaceful Africa will be strategically supportive to our aim to build a world with peace, security, common prosperity, openness, inclusiveness as well as cleanness and natural beauty. As we pursue the Chinese Dream and the African Dream, Beijing will continue to stand together with Africa and build a stronger community with a shared future.

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