AFRICANGLOBE – The Special Envoy of China on African Affairs, Ambassador Zhong Jianhua, on Monday said that Africa’s economic development and industrialisation could surpass China’s, if the continent would see Chinese businesses operating in it as healthy economic competition instead of exploitative instruments.
China’s economic relationship with Africa has been a point of major discussion globally, with many of the opinion it is exploitative.
According to Nigerian publication THISDAY, the Ambassador Jianhua said: “ …our obligation is to see that Africa becomes industrialised; we see this as a win-win engagement that is why our new president will be visiting three African countries; South Africa, Tanzania and Congo Republic within March to underscore our commitment to the growth of Africa.”
The ambassador recounted the China experience; how the country learnt from American corporations operating in the country to transform the economy and businesses, and aggressively compete with foreign companies.
“What happened with China is no miracle but wisdom, hard-work and dedication,” Jianhua said, adding that Africa should embrace competition and the challenges of economic reform.
“Africa can step in to take charge of developing its economy; it has got to make the best use of its potentials and economy to compete with China in a positive way.”
In Other News
New Chinese President Xi Jinping will trip to Africa for the first time since becoming leader of the Asian country.
The 59-year-old officially became President of China this month.
According to a statement issued by China’s Foreign Ministry, Mr Xi will pay a state visit to Tanzania, South Africa and the Republic of Congo.
Prior to the three African nations visit, Mr Xi will make a stop in Russia to meet the country’s President Vladimir Putin.
“At the invitation of President Vladimir Putin of the Russian Federation, President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete of the United Republic of Tanzania, President Jacob Zuma of the Republic of South Africa and President Denis Sassou-Nguesso of the Republic of Congo, President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to the above four countries,” Foreign Ministry spokesperson Qin Gang announced in the statement.
President Xi Jinping trip starts March 22-30, 2013.
The Chinese government also confirmed that Mr Xi will attend the fifth BRICS Leaders Meeting in Durban, South Africa.
By Oyeniyi Adegoke