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China Welcomes More Countries and International Organizations to Join Initiative on the Partnership to Support Africa's Development
2021/05/20

CCTV: On May 18, Vice Premier Han Zheng attended the Summit on the Financing of African Economies via video link. Yesterday, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the UNSC high-level open debate on peace and security in Africa. What is China's view on promoting post-pandemic recovery and advancing peace, security and development in Africa in the post-COVID-19 era?

Zhao Lijian: China and Africa have always been good brothers and good partners sharing weal and woe, and a community with a shared future. With the severe challenges to Africa's peace and development posed by the once-in-a-century epidemic, China always cares about the wellbeing of our African brothers and is committed to promoting peace, security and development in Africa. On the evening of May 18, Vice Premier Han Zheng attended and addressed the Summit on the Financing of African Economies via video link, putting forward China's proposals on sustaining and resuming the momentum of Africa's development. Yesterday, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the UN Security Council high-level open debate on peace and security in Africa, and put forward a four-point proposal on promoting post-epidemic recovery and removing the root causes of conflicts in Africa.

China believes that, first of all, the international community should provide more assistance to Africa in terms of anti-epidemic supplies, medicines, technologies and funds. All countries with the capacity to do so should offer direly needed vaccines to Africa, ensure the accessibility and affordability of vaccines in Africa, and help bridge the "response divide" in Africa.

The UN and the African Union should work closely together to advance in parallel tracks the two initiatives of "Global Ceasefire" and "Silence the Guns in Africa". At the same time, we need to support African countries to solve African issues in African ways, firmly oppose unjustifiable interference by external forces in African countries, and help Africa solve its "peace deficit".

We need to support African countries in exploring development paths suited to their national conditions and help them narrow the "development gap". Developed countries should take concrete measures in such areas as debt relief, development assistance and technology transfer to fulfill their due international responsibilities.

The international community should attach importance to the representation and voice of African countries in international affairs to help them redress "governance injustices". Equality in rights, opportunities and rules-making among countries cannot be achieved without the participation of African countries. This is also an inherent requirement of multilateralism.

China has always been a staunch supporter of Africa's fight against the epidemic, an active participant in Africa's development and revitalization, and a strong defender of peace and stability. As long as something is beneficial to African countries, China will never be absent. As long as some work delivers benefits to the African people, China will not hesitate to do it. After consultation between China and Africa, we jointly launched an initiative on the partnership to support Africa's development, which aims to support Africa's post-epidemic recovery, development and revitalization. We call on the international community to step up support for Africa in epidemic response, post-epidemic recovery, trade and investment, debt relief and other areas. We welcome more countries and international organizations to join the initiative. We are ready to stand together with our African brothers through thick and thin and work with international partners to play a positive role in promoting peace and security in Africa and make unremitting efforts to build a community with a shared future for mankind.

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