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UPDATED: 20:19, October 30, 2006
"Neo-colonialism" fallacy aims to sow discord in Sino-Africa cooperation
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The fallacy that China is exercising "neo-colonialism" in Africa is apparently aimed at sowing discord between China and Africa and blocking the establishment and development of a new Sino-African strategic partnership.

The forces that are circulating the fallacy are fearful of China's fast growth and the positive development of Sino-Africa relations, and they have also deliberately ignored the fact that Sino-Africa cooperation has been based on equality and mutual benefit.

The Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, slated for Nov. 3-5, will give another impetus to the development of Sino-Africa relations in a healthy way.

It is known to all that China and Africa have enjoyed a time-honored friendly relationship which was fostered by Chinese and African leaders of the older generations.

China offered unreserved support for the African people during their struggle against imperialism and colonialism and their fight for gaining national independence.

The Tanzania-Zambia Railway built in the 1970s with Chinese aid still plays a significant role in the region's social and economic life. Since 1963, China has dispatched some 15,000 medical personnel to 47 African countries or regions, providing treatment to more than 170 million people.

Moreover, China has waived 10.9 billion yuan (about 1.38 billion U.S. dollars) of debt owed by 31 heavily indebted and least developed countries in Africa. And since 1956, China has helped build 720 major projects in 49 African countries.

Meanwhile, the two sides have agreed that a new strategic partnership that pursues equality and mutual trust in politics, win-win cooperation in economy and exchanges and learning from each other in culture is in the interests of both sides.

In the first half of this year, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Premier Wen Jiabao paid friendly visits to 10 African countries, injecting new life into the Sino-Africa relations.

In handling its relations with Africa, China attaches great importance to cooperation on an equal footing, stresses equality, mutual benefit and win-win results, and stresses mutual trust and support in politics.

During the 50 years of cooperation, the two sides have respected each other, carried out cooperation on an equal footing, never interfered in each other's internal affairs, enhanced coordination in international affairs and joint efforts to promote democratization of international relations to safeguard the legitimate rights of developing countries.

As two-way trade between China and Africa rose to nearly 40 billion U.S. dollars in 2005 from 12 million dollars in 1956, the form of economic cooperation has become more varied and the trade structure has been optimized. The economic cooperation between China and Africa has been an important part of the South-South cooperation.

The facts speak for themselves. Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao told a press conference in June this year that the label of neo-colonialism can never be imposed on China.

Chinese State Councilor Tang Jiaxuan said in a recent interview with Xinhua that the fallacy that China is exercising "neo-colonialism" in Africa neither conforms to the historical facts nor reflects the reality of the China-Africa relations.

The fallacy by some people from the West is aimed at containing the development of China-Africa ties and blocking the China's peaceful development so as to maintain their established interests in the world arena.

Ghanian President John Kufuor told reporters recently that China-Africa cooperation has brought badly needed technology and capital to Africa and created jobs for African people.

China-Africa cooperation is transparent, open and inclusive by nature. While constant changes have taken place in the international situation over the past 50 years, both China and Africa have also experienced profound changes. Nevertheless, the friendship between China and Africa has stood the test of time and been consolidated and further developed.

The fallacy will dissolve itself before the abundant fruits yielded by the China-Africa cooperation.

Source: Xinhua

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