China develops relationship with African countries on the basis of equality, mutual-benefit and mutual respect, China's Special Representative on African Affairs Liu Guijin said on Monday.
Liu told UN diplomats and officials at the UN Headquarters in New York that China has long and traditional relationship with Africa, stressing that "China is not a new comer. China has been engaged in Africa for at least five decades."
The Chinese representative made the remarks at a briefing on China-Africa Relations co-organized by the UN Office of the Special Adviser on Africa and the Permanent Mission of China.
He further pointed out that there are three basic outstanding characters in China's relations with Africa.
"One is equality. China views African countries, big or small, equal partners. We never try to impose our ideas, our ideologies, our social systems on African countries," the Chinese representative said.
"Another distinguished character is mutual benefit. So when we have economic dealings, and when we have projects, we will respect the choice of the African people and the African governments. We don't serve our own interest. We serve the interest of the African governments and the Chinese government, the African people and the Chinese people," he noted.
"The third is mutual respect. With regard to African issues, the Chinese government respects the opinion of relevant African countries, of the neighboring countries and of the regional organizations," Liu said, adding that these are the three aspects of the basic characters of the Chinese foreign policy towards Africa.