Mubarak's principles to deepen China-Africa cooperation

08:58, November 11, 2009      

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The principles proposed by Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak during the 4th Ministerial Conference of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) would deepen China-Africa cooperation and usher in a new stage of relations between them, said analysts.

Mubarak, who chaired the opening ceremony of the conference that concluded on Monday, called for promoting cooperation between China and Africa on the bilateral and continental levels to support the African efforts to achieve peace and security as the main pillars of comprehensive development.

He stressed the principles on which the FOCAC was based, namely equivalence, cooperation and mutual interest, urging for continuing talks and coordination between China and Africa to defend interests of their people.

Mubarak also called for concerted Chinese-African efforts to consolidate the concepts of democracy in the international relations and rejecting double standards politically and economically.

These principles "reflect the essence of the relationship between China and African countries and the developing world, illustrate the compatibility of Egyptian strategy for the African continent and the international community's requirements at political and economic levels," said Dr. Hani Raslan, head of the African studies unit of Al-Ahram Center for Political and Strategic Studies based in Cairo.

"Relations between China and Africa are based on a balance of interests and providing the needs and demands of developing countries and establishing special relations with them," said Raslan.

Egypt's vision expressed by President Mubarak is consistent with Chinese policies that already exist in African countries, which rely on China in restoring the balance in international relations, Raslan told Xinhua.

"Mubarak's principles can actually be achieved as China announced during the forum huge loans to countries of Africa and debt cancellation for the least developed countries," Raslan said, adding China-Africa relations are based on the basis of mutual benefits and win-win principle.

Meanwhile, Dr. Mahmoud Abul Enein, professor of political science and dean of the Institute of African Studies at Cairo University, stressed that "Mubarak's principles reflect a consensus between China and Africa which serves the interests of both sides and the development of the African continent."

Abul Enein told Xinhua that "China is playing an important role in Africa's development, and Africa appreciates China's role in its development of infrastructure and increasing the added value of its resources and development of its peoples within the framework of respect and mutual benefit."

Unlike Western countries, China is listening and responding to the demands and aspirations of African nations and is seeking to cooperate with them, which makes China more acceptable in the continent, he said.

China is African countries' preferred option to carry out peacekeeping operations in various regions of Africa, said Abul Enein.

China's policy is based on the principles of mutual benefits and equality, which also reflects the importance of China's role in Africa, he added.

The 4th Ministerial Conference of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum (FOCAC) wrapped up in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el-Sheikh on Monday, with the adoption of the Declaration of Sharmel-Sheikh and Sharm el-Sheikh Action Plan, defining new programs of cooperation between the two sides in the next three years.

The conference, with the theme of "deepening the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership for sustainable development," reviewed the implementation of the follow-up activities of the FOCAC Beijing Summit in 2006 and the 3rd Ministerial Conference.

The FOCAC, a collective consultation and dialogue mechanism between China and African countries launched in 2000, is the first of its kind in the history of Sino-African relationship, which is a major and future-oriented move taken by the two sides in the context of South-South cooperation to seek common development in the new situation.

On the other hand, ambassador Ibrahim Ali Hassan, secretary general of the 4th Ministerial Conference of the FOCAC, said the principles put forward by President Mubarak show a more comprehensive role played by the FOCAC in addressing challenges facing the African continent.

By those principles and priorities, Mubarak meant to emphasize the right of African countries to receive support and development programs, and at the same time, he stressed that Africa is aware of challenges, said Hassan.

Mubarak's principles are aimed at deepening and enhancing fruitful cooperation between China and Africa, Hassan said.

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