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· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled " China's role in Africa is as an equal partner"(2017-12-07)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Wife Attend the Martial Arts Trilogy Concert Performed by the London Symphony Orchestra(2017-12-01)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Tom Tugendhat MP, Chair of the Foreign Affairs Select Committee(2017-11-30)
· Chinese Embassy in the UK Holds a Reception for IMO(2017-11-28)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception for the 30th Assembly of the International Maritime Organization: Build a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind Through International Maritime Cooperation(2017-11-27)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Stephen Toope, the New Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge(2017-11-23)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the British Parliament: New Era for China and New Chapter of China-UK Cooperation(2017-11-21)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Gives Live Interview on ITV's Peston on Sunday(2017-11-19)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Opening Ceremony of the Bank of China Private Banking Service Centre (London)(2017-11-14)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Retirement Dinner of Professor Sir David Greenaway: A better view further down the road(2017-11-10)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Attends the Reopening Ceremony of British Museum China and South Asia Gallery(2017-11-09)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled "The China-UK Golden Era has new chance to bear fruit"(2017-11-08)
· New Era, New Opportunity, New Future-- Speech by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming(2017-11-07)
· The Evening Standard Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled "China is entering a new era and the world will be better for it"(2017-11-03)
· Minister Zhu Qin gave an interview to SINO Broadcasting Station(2017-11-03)
· Charge d'Affairs a. i. Zhu Qin Meets with Lindsay Hoyle, Deputy Speaker of the House of Commons(2017-11-02)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled " China's New Commitment to the World "(2017-10-26)
· Charge d'Affairs a. i. Zhu Qin Attends the Premiere of A River All Red by China National Peking Opera Company in the UK(2017-10-22)
· Charge d'Affairs a. i. Zhu Qin Attends Chatham House Belt and Road Conference(2017-10-17)
· Minister Ma Hui attends Forum on Belt and Road Initiative by British Chinese Liberal Democrats(2017-10-17)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Andrew Mitchell, Member of Parliament and former Secretary of State for International Development(2017-10-11)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with George Osborne, UK Former First Secretary of State and Chancellor of Exchequer(2017-10-10)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming's interview with China Daily: A review of the State Visit by President Xi Jinping and a vision for China-UK relations(2017-10-10)
· The 26th Chinese Navy Escort Taskforce Concludes Its Goodwill Visit to Britain(2017-10-09)
· General Sir Gordon Messenger, British Vice Chief of the Defence Staff Visits the 26th Chinese Navy Escort Taskforce Fleet(2017-10-08)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Holds a Welcoming Reception for the 26th Chinese Navy Escort Taskforce(2017-10-07)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Jeremy Hunt, Co-Chair of the China-UK High-Level People to People Exchange Mechanism(2017-10-05)
· The 26th Chinese Navy Escort Taskforce Arrives in Britain for a Goodwill Visit(2017-10-05)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception for the 26th Chinese Naval Escort Taskforce: For World Peace and A More Splendid "Golden Era"(2017-10-04)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Press Conference of the 26th Chinese Navy Escort Taskforce: A Brilliant Milestone and A New Beginning(2017-10-03)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming meets with Jonathan Hill, Former European Commissioner for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union(2017-09-30)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Lord Hall, Director-General of the BBC(2017-09-29)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming meets with Victor Chu, Co-Chairman of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum(2017-09-28)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Celebration of the 10th Anniversary of Sheffield Confucius Institute and Model Confucius Institute Plaque Unveiling Ceremony: Knowledge, Passion, Action(2017-09-27)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming and Wife Hold Reception Marking the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China(2017-09-26)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception Marking the 68th Anniversary of the Founding of the People's Republic of China: Embracing a More Promising Future(2017-09-25)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Vice Admiral Benjamin Key, the Fleet Commander of Royal Navy(2017-09-22)
· H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Hong Kong SAR Chief Executive(2017-09-21)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Scottish Chamber of Commerce Dinner: Tap the Potential for a Brighter Future of China-Scotland Cooperation(2017-09-20)
· Remarks by H.E Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Fifth Anniversary Celebration of the Confucius Institute for Scotland's Schools: Seeds of Friendship and Fruits of Cooperation(2017-09-19)
· Minister Zhu Qin Attends the Celebration of the 68th Anniversary of the National Day Hosted by Oversea Chinese(2017-09-15)
· Any Individual Success of a Diplomat Would be Meaningless without a Strong and Prosperous Country(2017-09-14)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the "Belt and Road" Breakfast Meeting during the London International Shipping Week 2017: China-UK Shipping Cooperation Boosts Belt and Road Building(2017-09-13)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Breakfast Meeting of the Conservative Parliamentary China Group: Create a Sound Environment for New Success in China-UK Business Cooperation(2017-09-12)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Tang Qian, Assistant Director-General of UNESCO(2017-09-12)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Meets with Secretary for Transport and Housing of Hong Kong SAR Government(2017-09-12)
· Minister Zhu Qin Gives a Lecture to the Future Global Leaders' Programme(2017-09-12)
· Madam Hu Pinghua Holds Chinese Traditional Handicraft Tour in Britain(2017-09-12)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the "Weaving A Dream" Fashion Show: Weaving the Dream of China-UK Cooperation(2017-09-11)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the "University of Nottingham-China" Reception: Writing A New Chapter for China-UK Educational Cooperation(2017-09-10)
The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled " China's role in Africa is as an equal partner"
2017/12/07

On 6 December 2017, the Daily Telegraph and its website published a signed article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming entitled "China’s role in Africa is as an equal partner". The full text is as follows:

The situation in Zimbabwe has given rise to speculation in the media about China being an “intervener”. There is also talk about the Chinese model driving western democracy out of Africa and allegations that Chinese aid connives in encouraging “dictatorship and corruption” across the continent.

Nothing could be further from the truth. Having served twice at diplomatic posts in Africa, I have a personal attachment to this continent and a deeper understanding of China’s policy towards it. Here are my three observations.

First, China never interferes in the internal affairs of African countries. We respect their independent choice of development model. All roads lead to Rome and none should be sanctified as the only path. The African people should not be told what to do on their land. This is the principle of non-interference, a diplomatic doctrine that China has long upheld.

As a victim itself in recent history, China is firmly against external interference. In the Fifties, together with its Asian neighbours, China put forward the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, which have been endorsed extensively by the international community. These were reaffirmed at the 19th Congress of the Communist Party of China.

China does not interfere in African affairs. Rather, it believes that the African people have the wisdom and capability to blaze a development path that suits their national conditions and leads to stability and growth.

Second, China is ready to share its experience rather than impose its will. The past 40 years have witnessed China’s remarkable achievements in socialist modernisation, attributable to the hard work of the Chinese people under the leadership of the Communist Party.

As China enters a new era for building socialism with Chinese characteristics, its development model, theory, system and culture are gaining wider global influence.

China is the world’s largest developing nation. Its success offers an alternative path to modernisation for others. With a similar past of fighting for independence, China and the vast majority of African countries share the aspiration for revival. China is ready to engage African countries in closer communication, share its experience, and contribute to the political civilisation of humanity through mutual learning.

Third, Chinese aid to Africa has no political strings attached and aims at livelihood and capacity building. For decades China has been helping Africa by offering aid in agriculture, health, education, infrastructure and other livelihood-related areas. The Tazara Railway in Africa is the best example of my country’s sincerity and efforts. It was built when China was itself in economic difficulty and over 60 Chinese workers gave their lives while constructing it. I was at the handover and witnessed this landmark moment of China-Africa friendship personally.

China has aided or financed the building of over 5,000km of railway and roads, built more than 200 schools and nearly 100 hospitals, and trained more than 160,000 professional workers in Africa. China’s 43 medical teams in 42 African countries have treated 280 million patients. We believe “it’s better to pass on fishing skills than to hand out fish.” Our aid is based on equality and mutual benefit, and serves Africa’s economy and social programmes.

China has taken solid steps to ease Africa’s debt burden. Since 2000, nine loan waivers have been announced for heavily-indebted and least developed countries (LDCs). By 2009, 312 debts of 35 African countries have been cancelled, worth $3 billion in total. In September 2015, President Xi Jinping announced China’s decision to write off outstanding intergovernmental interest-free loans due by the end of 2015 for LDCs, landlocked developing nations and small island developing countries, including African countries.

“Real gold stands the test of fire”. Whatever changes there are in the world, China will always be an equal, sincere and genuine partner of Africa, working together to build a new type of international relations featuring mutual respect, fairness, justice and win-win cooperation, and a community of shared future for all mankind.

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