Officials laud China-Africa partnership

Added On September 11, 2019

 Turning to Ethiopia, speakers at a half-day seminar in the capital Addis Ababa have lauded the China-Africa partnership and cooperation in various areas, whereby China has proven to be a real strategic partner with Africa.

Monday's seminar was jointly organized by the Chinese Mission to the African Union or AU, and the Center for Dialogue, Research, and Cooperation or CDRC, under the theme, "Sustaining Traditional Friendship".
Speaking on the occasion, the Chairperson of the AU Permanent Representatives Committee, Osman Abdel Khalek, noted that African countries, and the continent as a whole has enjoyed its partnership with China, as China has set out cooperation areas dependant on the priorities of Africa, and also based on the specific requirements of individual countries.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): OSMAN ABDEL KHALEK, Chairperson, AU Permanent Representatives Committee
"Excellencies allow me to reiterate once more the importance and the vitality of, viability of the cooperation and partnership Africa has had with China, which China has proven to be a real partner and a true friend, a strategic partner and a true friend to whole African countries."
Reiterating that the contemporary world is going through tremendous unseen period in the past century, the Chinese Ambassador to AU Liu Yuxi said China and Africa will continue to embrace the future with joint hands.
SOUNDBITE(CHINESE): LIU YUXI, Chinese Ambassador to AU
"We will strengthen copulations and cooperation in international and regional affairs, and step up efforts to align development strategies so that the practical achievements will benefit more people for a bright future of China-Africa cooperation."  
Speaking on his part, Seyoum Mesfin, President of CDRC Board of Trustees, dwelt upon the China-Africa relations that have passed different phases.
He has urged due efforts to sustain the commendable relations between the two sides through critical appraisal for practical applications.
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH): SEYOUM MESFIN, President of CDRC Board of Trustees
"Sustaining these commendable relations through critical appraisal of a long-standing tradition of respectful coexistence with due consideration for practical applications, remains essential."