China open over cooperation with US in Africa

June 15th, 2012 - 8:42 pm ICT by IANS  

Barack Obama Beijing, June 15 (IANS) The Chinese government Friday said it has an open attitude towards holding discussion with the US over cooperation in Africa, Xinhua reported.

“China and the United States are important cooperative partners, and have their respective characteristics and advantages on cooperation with Africa,” said Foreign Ministry Spokesman Liu Weimin at a regular press briefing in reaction to the new Africa strategy released by the US.

The White House Thursday unveiled a new strategy towards sub-Saharan Africa, as President Barack Obama predicted Africa “to be the world’s next major economic success story”.

The new strategy seeks to promote trade, enhance peace, security and good governance and bolster democratic institutions.

Liu said that any cooperation should respect the will of the African side, be conducive to Africa’s development and be conducted on the basis of equality and reciprocity.

The spokesperson noted that Africa’s peace and stability, concerning world’s prosperity and stability, should be supported and assisted by the international community.

Africa faces new opportunities for peace, stability and development, as well as some difficulties and challenges, said Liu while calling on developed countries including the US to make positive contributions to Africa’s peace, stability and development,

“They should respect the will of Africa, take Africa’s concerns into consideration, and actively fulfil their commitment of assistance,” Liu said.

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