(Xinhua) -- A Chinese Foreign Ministry
spokesperson on Wednesday refuted the U.S. allegation that China
uses so-called "dept diplomacy" to expand its influence
globally, and urged the U.S. side to correctly view China’s
cooperation with developing countries.
In a recent
speech, U.S. Vice President Mike Pence charged China with using
so-called "debt diplomacy" to expand its influence around the
world. U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis, during his visit
to Vietnam, said China adopted "predatory economic behavior" and
piled massive debt on smaller countries that is difficult to
"The United States, presented with multiple facts and
statistics, repeatedly fabricated lies and made irresponsible
remarks out of its own political needs.
"This is disappointing," spokesperson Lu Kang told a routine
China understands the difficulties faced by developing
countries and cooperates with them using its own development
experience and within its own capabilities, and China assists
them without any political conditions, Lu said.
He said such cooperation has strongly promoted the economic
and social development of relevant countries and improved the
wellbeing of the people.
"For example, the Mombasa-Nairobi railway, which was financed
and built by China, has created nearly 50,000 jobs for Kenya.
"The China-Pakistan Economic Corridor contributed 2.5
percentage points to Pakistan’s GDP growth in 2016," Lu said,
adding that such cooperation is welcomed in many developing
In fact, China-related cooperation projects only account for
a very small part of the debt of the related regions and
countries that the U.S. side has been hyping up recently, and
not a single country is caught in the "debt trap" due to
cooperation with China, Lu said.
"By the end of 2017, China’s loans accounted for only about
10 percent of Sri Lanka’s foreign debt.
China’s total loans to the Philippines are less than 1
percent of its foreign debt."
"The Sri Lankan ambassador to China recently said the
allegation that the Chinese government had dragged Sri Lanka
into the ‘debt trap’ was completely wrong.
"The Pakistani finance minister also refuted the U.S.
statement that the construction of the China-Pakistan Economic
Corridor triggered a debt crisis in Pakistan.
"I think these countries have the most say," Lu said.
At the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation and the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly,
many African leaders also voiced their objections to the fallacy
that China-Africa cooperation has worsened the debt burdens of
the continent, Lu said, noting that they had expressed their
desire for development, financing and cooperation.
The United States will not receive support by indiscreetly
pinning labels on China, he said.
"We urge the U.S. side to correctly view China’s cooperation
with developing countries, and hope it does more practical
things for the development of those countries, rather than stand
idle and stir up troubles."
It is unethical for some country to serve its own political
needs at the expense of the wellbeing of the people in
developing countries, Lu added.
is mutually beneficial: South African academics
JOHANNESBURG South Africa (Xinhua)
-- The relationship between Africa and
China is mutually beneficial and China has great experiences to
share with Africa in areas such as poverty alleviation and fight
against corruption, according to South African academics.
The co-director of the University of Johannesburg Confucius
Institute (UJCI), David Monyae made the remarks during a speech
on Tuesday about China-Africa relations at the University of
Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa.
"The Africa-China partnership is far from a zero-sum
relationship, as both parties have gained from it.
"It is important to have relations with China, which accounts
for 15 percent of the global economy and 37 percent of all
developing markets," said Monyae.
He said that China wants to alleviate poverty and create a
new world order which is not dominated by one single country.
"Don’t listen to the debt trap noise.
"The Chinese debt is less than most Western countries." said
He said Africa’s future lies in the strategic relations with
According to him, China has contributed to Africa’s
infrastructure development, citing the notable example of
Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi railway line in Kenya.
"Let us not point fingers on China but at ourselves for some
"Our leaders should negotiate with China to advance our
"Our leaders should raise issues with China in a fair and
factual way and not in a propaganda one." he said.
China has also provided scholarships for African students,
and Monyae challenged other countries to compete with China in
providing scholarships and critical job skills to Africans.
Monyae further called on Africa to learn from China’s war
against corruption and its experience in alleviating poverty,
saying that African government officials and party leaders go to
China for trainings, and they should learn how to lock up those
people involved in corruption.
Bob Wekesa, journalism lecturer with University of
Witwatersrand, also said that China’s partnership is crucial for
Africa to achieve the sustainable development goals.
Expansionism not in
China’s blood, nor on its agenda
BEIJING China (Xinhua) --
In a recent systematic smear campaign
against China, the United States has been attempting to pin all
kinds of tags on the Asian country, including labelling
Beijing’s foreign policy as expansionist.
Apparently, Washington is either in need of taking history
lessons, or has chosen to ignore the historical facts that do
not fit into its China-bashing narrative.
The cultural values that have sustained the millennia-old
Chinese civilization treasure peace, harmony and commitment to
the common good, and reject the pursuit of hegemony.
Expansionism is not in the Chinese nation’s blood, and thus
has never been on its policy agenda.
That tradition has continued since the People’s Republic of
China was founded in 1949 and it has been deeply embedded in
Beijing’s diplomatic guidelines of promoting peace, development
and win-win cooperation.
And it has helped put China on a path of peaceful development
and opening-up, undergirding Beijing’s commitment not to
interfering in other countries’ internal affairs but to working
with the rest of the world to build a community with a shared
future for mankind.
The concrete efforts and outstanding contributions China has
made to global peace and development should not be ignored,
misinterpreted or distorted.
As a responsible major country, China is now the second
largest source of funding for UN peacekeeping missions in the
world, as well as the largest contributor to peacekeeping troops
among UN Security Council permanent members.
Its role has proved conducive and irreplaceable in the
international efforts to resolve the nuclear issues on the
Korean Peninsula and in Iran, as well as the problems in
Myanmar, Afghanistan, Syria and South Sudan, among others.
With a peaceful approach, China has settled its land border
disputes with most of its neighbors and stabilized the situation
in the South China Sea.
Also notably, the five-year-old Belt and Road Initiative (BRI),
which has been joined by over 130 countries and organizations,
has yielded enormous results, boosting local growth and
improving people’s livelihood. African leaders have refuted as
groundless such accusations as "resources predation" or "debt
trap" against the initiative.
Facts always speak louder. It is fair to say that, while
pointing an accusing finger at China, the United States has
failed to see that the "America First" policy and the zero-sum
mentality behind it have reduced itself to an egoist state.
As far as the international community is concerned, it is
certainly more disruptive than constructive to the global order
and governance that such a superpower as the United States is
bent on quitting international institutions and agreements,
among which are the Paris climate deal, UNESCO and the Iran
In addition, it is not hard to find that many global and
regional troubles, including political instability, terrorism
and immigrant crises, are rooted in the U.S. egoism, arrogance
Meddling and bullying have largely featured in the U.S.
maneuvers to maintain its political, economic and military
Washington’s slander against China, no matter how
nobly-worded it is, can never fool sober minds.
With China and the United States being the world’s top two
economies and UN Security Council permanent members, a soured
relationship between them does no good to global peace,
stability and prosperity.
At the critical juncture of their relations, only by stepping
toward each other and joining hands can they overcome
difficulties and lead the world to a better tomorrow. It is time
for Washington to make a sensible decision.