The Sunday Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled Beijing Summit a milestone for China and Africa
On 2 September 2018, the Sunday Telegraph and its website published a signed article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming entitled Beijing Summit a milestone for China and Africa. The full text is as follows:
Beijing is again in the spotlight as it is hosting a summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) tomorrow and Tuesday.
In a diplomatic career lasting more than 40 years, I served in two African countries and have seen with my own eyes the growth of China-Africa relations and the benefits of the ever-deepening cooperation between the two sides. As a trustworthy friend and sincere partner of Africa, China has upheld four principles.
The first principle is equality. A saying in Africa goes,"A river runs deep, thanks to its source."
The source of the deep-running China-Africa friendship is that the two sides have helped and supported each other and shared weal and woe in the pursuit of national independence and development.
Tazara, the rail road between Tanzania and Zambia, is a testimony to the strong brotherhood between China and Africa. While working in Africa, I had the honour to attend the handover ceremony of Tazara and witnessed the dedication of this historic monument of China-Africa friendship.
China and Africa are true friends who respect each other's choice of development path and never impose their will on each other. Africa belongs to the African people, and African issues should be determined by the African people.
China never preaches at or exports its model to Africa, nor does China attach any political strings to China-Africa cooperation.