Beijing is a better ally for Africa than Western countries – Chinese Foreign Ministry
The Chinese Foreign Ministry Monday said the Asian giant is a better ally for Africa than Western countries as the continent is increasingly the target of rivalry among global powers.
Wang Wenbin, the spokesman of the ministry said during a press briefing Monday China can provide assistance to Africa in places and at a time when Western countries are unable or unwilling to do so.
“China is the best ally for Africa,” he added. The remarks come amid western campaigns to discredit the cooperation between Beijing and African countries.
French President Emmanuel Macron was in the Chinese capital early this month to meet with President Xi Jinping over several issues including Africa. Alongside France, Washington has sought to influence African countries to scale down ties with Beijing.
Several western countries have repeatedly accused China of debt-trapping African countries.
“African countries do not complain and do not regret their close ties with China,” Wenbin said.
The Asian country and the world’s second largest economy in recent year contributed greatly to Africa’s infrastructure growth, building roads, railways, and ports.