Charge d'affaire Lai Bo's Article "China-Africa Development Sharing Weal and Woe" Published by Zambian Mainstream Media
On 11th September, the article titled "China-Africa Development Sharing Weal and Woe" by Mr. Lai Bo, Charge d'affaire of the Chinese Embassy in Zambia, was published on Zambia Daily Mail, a local mainstream newspaper. The article reviews the achievements yielded in the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit, and emphasizes that China and Africa have always been a community with a shared future through weal and woe and the "Eight Major Initiatives" announced by H.E. Mr. Xi Jinping,President of the People's Republic of China will bring more development opportunities for China-Africa cooperation. Following is the full text of the article:
Several years ago I was posted at the Chinese Embassy in Lesotho. Over a month ago, I was notified that I would be assigned to work at the Chinese Embassy in Zambia. On my way to Lusaka, I made a transit via OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg. This time I felt familiar and yet not quite so, as this flight is northbound instead of southbound. This time around when I returned to Africa it was just dozens of days before the convening of 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit when China and African countries would join hands in building a even closer community with a shared future. As I now recall the road which China-African relations have traversed, and look forward to the brilliant future prospects of China-Africa cooperation, I am so excited that lots of feelings well up in my mind.
At the political level, China and Africa are bosom friends and they will assume joint responsibility in world affairs. China-Africa relations with a long history have stood firm and gone through the test of time. With shared historical experiences, development tasks and political appeals, China and Africa have always been a community with a shared future through weal and woe. With mutual respect for and understanding and support of each other, China consistently upheld the Zambian and African peoples' cause of independence and national liberation and it was African countries that resolutely supported China's resumption of the latter's lawful seat at the United Nations and "carried China into the UN". In recent years,with the constant increase of political trust between the two sides, the new type of China-Africa Strategic Partnership was been elevated to a Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership.