Ethiopia's Largest English Newspaper Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Yuxi
On 29 August 2018, the Daily Monitor, Ethiopia's largest English newspaper, published a signed article by Ambassador Liu Yuxi entitled My African Mission. The full text is as follows:
I was very much happy when I was informed that I would be appointed as Head of the Mission of the People's Republic of China to the African Union, and assume my duty in Addis Ababa, also known as political and diplomatic capital of Africa.
After accumulating nearly fifteen years of working experience here, I feel more African now than ever. I grew up in an era when China-Africa relationship was taking root and heard fascinating stories about Pan-African pioneers such as Kwame Nkruma, Julius Nyerere, Gamal Abdel Nasser and Haile Selassie I. My parents used to talk a lot about these leaders and the construction of the Chinese built TAZARA railway in 1970s, linking several African countries to a port in Tanzania.
And now, my career as diplomat has brought me here, giving me another chance to witness Africa's revival from an ignored continent to a key player both on political and economical issues on the global stage. I'm delighted to see African countries joining hands for self-strengthening and integrated development. I feel lucky to be part of China's effort to boost and strengthen its friendly relationship with Africa and look forward to leaving my mark on China-African Union and China-Africa cooperation too.
Our world is going through major development, transformation and adjustment. I believe peace and development should reflect the will of the people and the trend of the times. However, hegemony, protectionism and unilateralism are causing a great clamor at the moment. Under such circumstances, China as the biggest developing country and Africa as the continent with the largest number of developing countries, are facing similar tasks in terms of tackling development challenges and have a lot of common interests. It is more important than ever before that the two sides should strengthen their unity and cooperation.
The Chinese government attaches great importance to China-Africa relations, and that is why President Xi Jinping made his first overseas trip to Africa right after he was first elected as President in 2013. When he was re-elected this year, his first foreign visits brought him to Africa again. Through joint efforts of both Chinese and African leaders, the China-Africa Comprehensive Strategic and Cooperative Partnership is developing rapidly and presenting an all-round, multi-level and wide-ranging pattern of cooperation between the two sides.