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Ethiopia's Walta Information Center Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Yuxi

On 19 November 2018, Walta Information Center, Ethiopia’s influential online media, published a signed article entitled “Repetitive Lie still a Lie” by Ambassador Liu Yuxi, Head of the Chinese Mission to the African Union. The full text is as follows:

Recently when I was looking through a western newspaper, a trumped-up story caught my attention which had long been discarded by African leaders as groundless rumor and thrown into the journalistic dustbin. It is reported that China was accused of spying on the African Union headquarters and applying unethical means to “put Africa in its pocket”.

China and African countries are good friends, good partners and good brothers. We always adhere to the principle of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith. What role does spying have to play in such a candid relationship? Such James Bond-style presumptuous allegations are indefensible as spying is not in China’s gene or African culture, and warrants no sell-off to Chinese and African audiences.

Under the new circumstances, no lies are capable of undermining China-Africa friendship and China-Africa friendly cooperation which have grown stronger with time. China never sees Africa as its own “backyard”. Nor does China seek its “sphere of influence” on the continent.

As a western writer said, “if you want to criticize directions around the scenery, you’ll be the first to climb up the roof.” No matter how some rumor-monger media keeps vilifying, the TAZARA railway is always there, the African Union Conference Center is always there, as are the numerous roads, airports, railways, ports, schools, hospitals and stadiums built with Chinese aid.

China’s sincerity to help Africa is not through lip-service or out of selfish calculations. We need to ask ourselves in good conscience: Doesn’t Africa have the right to clean water, adequate power, well-connected telecommunications and smooth roads? Shouldn’t Africans enjoy comfortable and prosperous life like those living in the more affluent parts of the world? “Only the wearer knows whether his shoes fit.” Only Chinese and African peoples know the benefits of China-Africa cooperation.

Last September, the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was successfully concluded. The door of China-Africa Cooperation will open wider and wider while the cake of China-Africa cooperation will be bigger and bigger. It is better to forego arrogance and prejudice and step up efforts to achieve some practical results for Africa, than to make up lies to obstruct those doing it. China is willing to join hands with the international community to support our African brothers and sisters to build a community of shared future for mankind.

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