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Improve Africa’s security environment with cooperative willingness

(People's Daily Online)

16:26, August 21, 2012

How to make contributions to peace and stability of Africa tests foreign countries' political wisdoms and their willingness to cooperate with Africa.

In recent years, the overall security situation of Africa has made remarkable progresses while unstable factors also kept appearing. Such old problems as border disputes still exist. Non-traditional security issues, including proliferation of small arms, are emerging. The unrest in North Africa has also brought various new challenges.

China has always been a promoter for the peace and stability in Africa. In recent years, China has actively participated in the peace and security affairs of Africa, in mediation and solution of Sudan and Somalia disputes and offered humanitarian aids. China plays a positive role in solving and controlling hot issues in Africa.

China supports the leading role of African Union (AU) in peace and security affairs. China has provided AU with material and cash aids within its capacity, and strengthened its support to and cooperation with the AU in the anti-terrorism area. On the Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, China declared to launch the “Initiative on China-Africa Cooperative Partnership for Peace and Security.” China actively participates in the United Nations' peacekeeping operations in Africa. China always maintains communication with African nations on international occasions safeguards their interests and makes all-out efforts to solve hot issues in Africa.

China always insists on associating Africa's security with its development. China's trade, investment and industrial cooperation with Africa has promoted modernization and industrialization of African countries. China keeps increasing its investment in the infrastructure construction in Africa, improving the investment environment, strengthening its aids to Africa and reducing the debts that African countries owe China, which accelerate social and economic development if African countries.

Due to historical and practical reasons, the peace and stability of Africa is still facing challenges, which is closely related to whether Africa will be able to realize the Millennium Development Goals of the United Nations as early as possible. The international community should pay more attention to peace and development of Africa and China will continue to help Africa improve its security environment as usual.

Read the Chinese version: 用合作诚意帮助非洲改善安全环境, source: People's Daily, author: Zhong Sheng

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