Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is on his way back to China after wrapping up his four-nation African tour. His final stop was Kenya. Along with signing some key trade and business deals, the premier visited CCTV Africa bureau in Nairobi. Clementine Logan has more.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Visited CCTV Africa Bureau in NarobiChinese Premier Li Keqiang is on his way back to China after wrapping up his four-nation African tour. His final stop was Kenya. Along with signing some key trade and business deals, the premier visited our CCTV Africa bureau in Nairobi. Clementine Logan has more.
In an exclusive CCTV Africa Bureau interview with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Premier Li emphasized the importance of Sino-Africa relations.
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang Delivered Speech Emphasizing Sino-Africa RelationsIn an exclusive CCTV Africa Bureau interview with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, Premier Li emphasized the importance of Sino-Africa relations.
Premier Li says: “It’s true that China is still a developing country. Yet after all, China is the biggest developing country in the world, and China has accumulated over the years certain level of comprehensive national strength. Throughout the years, China has been doing what it can to provide assistance to African countries. And China will continue to do so in the future. We believe China and Africa are each other’s important development opportunities. Our combined population account for about one quarter of the world’s total. Africa enjoys tremendous potential for growth, and China has rich production capacity. The African Unions and China’s production capacity are at very similar levels of industrial development. And we complement each other. We believe the relationship between China and Africa is one of closely knit common destiny, one of common development, and one of mutual learning for each other’s civilization and culture. Common progress of China and Africa will change the international political and economic landscapes, will make the voice of all developing countries better heard in the world, and will better safeguard the vital interests for all developing countries. We believe our common development is conducive to balanced and sustainable development of global peace and security, the sustainable development of the world and global peace and security.”
“Ours is a time-honored friendship between China and Africa. China shows sympathy and support for African countries’ struggles for the national independence, in providing assistance to Africa. What we hope to see is not for the African countries to become highly dependent on Chinese assistance. Rather we want to help African countries to enhance their own ability, for self-development, to prove to the whole world that China and Africa, one being the largest developing economy in the world and the other being the continent home to the largest number of developing countries with capacity to achieve self-generated development and pursue the path of development that they chose for themselves.”
“Looking ahead, I believe our cooperation need to be continuously based on mutual respect, equality and mutual benefit. We hope to see further growth in manufactory sector in African countries in particular laboring intensive industry to generate more local jobs especially for local young people. During my visit to African countries, we need to work together to enhance cooperation in infrastructure development that will greatly boost mobility and market development in Africa and also facilitate relocation of appropriate manufactory industries to African countries to help African countries enhance their capacity for the processing of the raw materials and agriculture products. And in the end, boost African exports to the global markets. We seek to enhance African capacity to achieve self-generated development and opportunities from China and in this way China and Africa work jointly to explore the international market and to truly build relationship in their pursuit of common development.”