BEIJING– Namibian President Hage Geingob has heaped praise on the win-win relationship between China and Africa, reiterating that the Asian powerhouse has no intention of re-colonizing Africa, nor of meddling in its affairs as purported.

The friendship is characterised by three things — people-to-people exchange, a vibrant community and shared prosperity, the president added during a round-table discussion of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) here Tuesday.

Geingob said China sees Africa as an equal partner. “Where others saw Africa as a source of wealth, where others saw Africans as slaves, China saw commonalities and potential for long-lasting friendship,” he said.

He added that the summit not only attested to a history of all-weather friendship, but was a clear message to the world that China-Africa relations are on an upward trajectory.

The president commended the Chinese government for its “Five No” approach to Africa — no interference in African countries’ pursuit of development paths that fit their national conditions; no interference in African countries’ internal affairs; no imposition of China’s will on African countries; no attaching political strings to assistance to Africa; and no intention to seek selfish political gains from investment and financing co-operation with Africa.

“This is a clear-cut answer to those who perpetrate the idea that Africa is under threat of re-colonization, this time by China,” Geingob said.

His Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, said at a separate meeting on Monday that “no one can stand in the way or obstruct international efforts to support Africa’s development”.


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