By Xinhua writer Li Shengjiang NAIROBI, (Xinhua) --
Nowadays, one can hardly travel
around Africa without noticing the presence of Chinese nationals—regardless of
whether they are tourists, businessmen, peacekeepers, staff members of medical
teams, or employees of Chinese-owned enterprises.
No matter which African
country they are in, or what sort of occupation they are engaged in, they are
the practitioners of China’s Africa policy of sincerity, real results, affinity
and good faith.
As China approaches the
center of the world stage, they are extending the olive branch of friendship to
the African people and serving as a driving force behind Africa’s development
and her dream of rejuvenation.
AGAINST DISEASES, DISASTERS
China is a friend indeed
in Africa’s fight against diseases and disasters.
On Nov. 26, China’s
naval hospital ship Peace Ark completed its maiden voyage around Africa and
departed from the port of Dar es Salaam, the economic capital of Tanzania in
During its voyage that
lasted nearly 100 days and covered 13,000 nautical miles (24,076 km), the Peace
Ark provided medical treatment, including 246 surgeries, for 52,000 people in
Djibouti, Sierra Leone, Gabon, the Republic of Congo, Angola, Mozambique and
Tanzania. To many Africans, the Peace Ark is both a “ship of hope” and “a ship
In mid-August, sustained
torrential rains pounded Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone in West Africa,
triggering landslides that claimed the lives of more than 1,000 people.
Immediately, local Chinese businesses formed the first foreign rescue team that
arrived at the scene. A group of Chinese military medical experts stationed in
Sierra Leone followed quickly in rescue missions, providing treatment and taking
preventive measures to cut off infectious diseases.
China is also Africa’s
partner in maintaining peace and stability.
On Aug. 1, Chinese
troops formally entered the military support base in Djibouti, a country in the
Horn of Africa. As China’s first overseas support base, it facilitates the
Chinese military’s humanitarian aid and escort missions in the Gulf of Aden and
waters off Somalia.
In South Sudan, Mali and
the Democratic Republic of Congo, Chinese blue helmets are among the most
welcome. Besides fulfilling their missions mandated by the United Nations, they
are also doing their best to help local residents solve problems.
“China, good!” the
Chinese peacekeepers are often greeted with such kind remarks by the local
To African countries
endeavoring to realize social and economic growth, China is also partner that
not only gives a fish, but also teaches one how to fish.
At the end of May, the
Chinese-constructed railway connecting Kenya’s capital Nairobi and its eastern
port city of Mombasa started operations. The electrified railway that utilizes
full Chinese standards has greatly facilitated the travel of Kenyans living
along it, having already carried 600,000 passengers with an average attendance
rate of about 95 percent.
On Nov. 2, West Africa’s
largest hydropower dam was inaugurated in Soubre, Cote d’Ivoire. The
Chinese-built power station sitting astride the Sassandra Rriver is a flagship
project of the China-Africa infrastructure and industrial capacity cooperation.
It serves to alleviate local power shortages and help create lots of jobs.
Speaking at the 29th
African Union summit in July, U.N. Deputy Secretary-General Amina Mohammed
called on African countries to harness the historic opportunity offered in
China’s Road and Belt Initiative so as to push forward the integration process
of the African continent.
Ethiopia, which is
churning out a miracle of economic growth on the African continent, has often
been regarded as following a development path similar with that of China.
Some other African
countries, including Rwanda, Kenya, Uganda and Angola, are also increasingly
turning their eyes to China. The African countries that study and learn from the
“Chinese path” have generally done better in terms of economic growth than other
African countries, says a Financial Times report.
Executive Director of
Africa Economic Research Consortium Lemma Senbet told Xinhua in a recent
interview that China-Africa partnership has been framed around mutual respect
and pursuit of common aspirations.
The African countries
can learn from China as they embark on economic diversification, regional
integration and strengthening of political institutions, said Senbet.
Proposed by Chinese
President Xi Jinping in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative aims to build trade
and infrastructure networks connecting Asia with Europe and Africa on and beyond
the ancient Silk Road routes. It comprises the Silk Road Economic Belt and the
21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which is originally composed of one
route spanning westward from China to Europe, and the other extending from the
country’s eastern coastline down to the Indian Ocean.