The China-African Union (AU) partnership has continued to gain new momentum and is at a new historical point with successful ties in various sectors, including exchanges on infrastructures, peace and security, human rights, and relevant issues of common interest, a senior Chinese diplomat says.

Gone are the days when China was poor, weak, and divided. Today China has become the world’s second largest economy, the largest goods trading power, and the biggest trading partner for more than 120 countries and regions, according to Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia Kuang Weilin.

“Despite numerous challenges, both at home and abroad, China maintains its policy of placing development as the top priority and remains firmly committed to deepening reforms and opening up with a view to ensuring a sound and sustainable economic growth,” he said.

“At present, our country is focused on structural reforms, innovation, new technology, new industries like Internet+, which has provided new driving forces for China’s sustainable development.”

China’s economy grew 6.7 percent during the first half of this year, which is considered to be a good accomplishment given the sheer size of the country’s GDP and the current global economy. It has also contributed to world economic growth by over 30 percent last year.

“This demonstrates China’s role as a key engine of the world economy. We are confident this will undoubtedly boost and bring more opportunities for Africa’s development.”

During the China-Africa co-operation (FOCAC) summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, last December, Chinese President Xi Jinping announced 10 major co-operation plans and US60 billion support in the following years.

In late July this year, the co-ordinator’s meeting of the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Johannesburg summit was successfully convened in Beijing. About 61 co-operation agreements totaling US18.2 billion were signed. Over the past nine months, China and Africa have signed 245 co-operation agreements in various fields, reaching over US50 billion in total.

“No matter how the international landscape may change, the resolve of China and Africa to pursue unity and win-win co-operation will never change and China’s support for Africa’s peace and development will never change,” the ambassador said.

The recent G-20 summit put the issue of development at the centre of the global macro policy framework, and came up with an action plan for implementing the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and launched an initiative to support industrialisation in Africa and least developing countries.

The Chinese government will soon launch the Integrated Service Centre of the African Union project. The two sides have been working on the three major networks of railways, roads, and regional aviation as well as African industrialisation.

“We Chinese often say that planning contributes 10 percent to the success of an undertaking while 90 percent of the success lies in implementation. And China and Africa have both made concerted efforts and so much has been accomplished for implantation of our numerous projects that led to the successful partnership over the years.

“We attach great importance to our relations with Africa and will continue to act on the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity, and good faith,” he said.

The ambassador added that the Chinese government would take solid steps to implement the outcomes of the FOCAC summit in order to enrich and promote the China-Africa comprehensive strategic and co-operative partnership.

– African News Agency (ANA)