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China's interest in Africa was a demonstration of strategic partnership

Tigrai Online
Feb. 01, 2011

Alhaji Mohamed Mumuni, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, on Tuesday discounted criticisms that China was endeavouring to re-colonise Africa with its increased interest in the economies African countries.

He explained that China's interest in Africa was a demonstration of strategic partnership, and a symbol of South-South co-operation.

Alhaji Mumuni was speaking to journalists in Addis Ababa, after the 18th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

The summit was attended by Mr Jia Qinglin, Chairman of the National Committee of the People's Political Consultative Conference.

The 200 million dollars new complex conference hall that was a gift by China to the AU was inaugurated.

China also promised to provide free RMB 600 million assistance to the Union in the next three years, and add new dimensions to the China –Africa relations.

China said it would work with the AU to improve the China-AU Strategic Dialogue, and enhance co-operation in cross border and cross region infrastructure development in Africa.

Alhaji Mumuni said he shared the opinion of Chinese President Hu Jintao that the international community must view the development of Africa from the perspective of common destinies.

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