China-Africa cooperation should be treated in "objective, fair way": FM spokesman

08:09, June 15, 2011      

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China hopes that related parties treat China-Africa cooperation in an "objective and fair way," Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday.

Hong spoke of this at a regular news briefing when asked to comment on U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's remarks during her recent visit to Zambia.

Media reports said Clinton told a press conference that "China's foreign assistance and investment practices in Africa have not always been consistent with generally accepted international norms of transparency and good governance."

Hong said China conducts cooperation with Africa based on the principle of equality and mutual benefit and common development.

"Both China and Africa suffered from colonialism invasion and oppression in history, so they know best what colonialism is and the importance of respect and equality," Hong said.

"China fully respects African countries' right to choose their development path. China never imposes its will on African countries, nor adds political conditions to its aid for Africa," Hong said.

"In recent years, China and Africa have made joint efforts to produce remarkable outcomes from cooperation, which has been praised by African countries and the international community," Hong said.

He said currently Africa faces a lot of challenges regarding its peace and development.

"The international community should attach importance and conforms to Africa's concerns to develop and solve regional issues by themselves, as well as adopt effective actions to support African countries' efforts to become stronger through unity," Hong said.

Source: Xinhua
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