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Belt and Road cooperation between China, Africa to have brighter future: Chinese FM

2021-01-11 13:41:27

The Belt and Road cooperation between China and Africa is covering most of the African continent and will surely have a brighter future.

The Belt and Road cooperation between China and Africa, which has overcome the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and external interference, is covering most of the African continent and will surely have a brighter future, said Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang made the remarks during an interview with the People's Daily as he concluded on Saturday his visit to five African nations, namely Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Botswana, Tanzania and Seychelles.

The socio-economic development of African countries has overcome various hardships and maintained overall stability, demonstrating resilience and vitality, Wang said.

Meanwhile, as they are facing more prominent structural problems amid the COVID-19 pandemic, African countries are eager to speed up their economic transformation and look forward to strengthening the Belt and Road cooperation with China, so as to break their bottlenecks in infrastructure, funding and human resources, and enhance their capacity for independent development, Wang said.

He noted that during his trip, the DRC and Botswana signed respectively a memorandum of understanding with China on jointly building the Belt and Road, becoming successively the 45th and the 46th African partner countries to participate in Belt and Road cooperation.

China is willing to make joint efforts with Africa to strengthen strategic alignment and build consensus on cooperation in line with the expectations of African countries, and push forward the joint building of the Belt and Road between China and Africa, Wang said.

First, with a focus on infrastructure construction, China will help promote connectivity in Africa, Wang said, noting that the completion of such Belt and Road projects as the Mombasa-Nairobi railway and the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway have greatly promoted the industrial development and resource circulation along the routes.

China will continue to actively participate in Africa's infrastructure construction in such areas as transportation, energy and communications, and inject momentum into Africa's economic development, he said.