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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)
· 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)
· 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)
· 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)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled " China's New Commitment to the World "(2017-10-26)
· 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)
· 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)
· 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)
· 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)
· 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)
· 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)
· 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 is not the key to North Korean Crisis "(2017-09-08)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the International Conference "China at the Crossroads: Economic Challenges and Opportunities": Steady Chinese Growth Creates More Opportunities for the World(2017-09-07)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Awarding of Degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causa: Build World Peace and Prosperity on Wisdom(2017-09-06)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming's Interview with China Daily on Chinese Investment in the UK(2017-09-01)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled " Common Aspiration Will Lead BRICS to New Success "(2017-08-31)
· The Evening Standard Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled"Chinese investment in the UK is an opportunity not a threat"(2017-08-21)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Opening Ceremony of the "Art & Peace - An Exhibition of Contemporary Chinese Art" in London: For a World of Harmony and Peace(2017-08-14)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception Marking the 90th Anniversary of the People's Liberation Army: Work Together for World Peace in China-UK "Golden Era"(2017-07-27)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Opening Ceremony of 2017 Experience China - Cultural Exploration of West China in the UK: Mutual Learning between East and West Will Boost China-UK "Golden Era"(2017-07-20)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the CEIBS Third Europe Forum 2017: Turn the Belt and Road Opportunity into Cooperation Highlights(2017-07-06)
· South China Morning Post Published a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled "Hong Kong's continued prosperity depends on China "(2017-07-04)
· The Daily Telegraph Publishes a Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled " Hong Kong - the pearl of the Orient - shines bright as before "(2017-07-03)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming gives an interview on BBC about the 20th anniversary of Hong Kong's return to China(2017-06-30)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Groundbreaking Ceremony of ABP Royal Albert Dock London: Golden Opportunity for Win-Win Cooperation(2017-06-28)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming to Mark the 20th Anniversary of the Return of Hong Kong: Hand in Hand Towards A Promising Future(2017-06-26)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Reception to Mark 50 Years of Britain's First Dedicated Container Terminal at the Port of Felixstowe: China-UK Cooperation Sets Sail Towards A Brighter Future(2017-06-24)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at Bloomberg's "China: Navigate the New Silk Road" Investor Roadshow: Belt and Road - A New Chapter of China-UK Cooperation(2017-06-16)
· Remarks by H.E Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at China (Guangdong) - UK Economic and Trade Cooperation Conference: Adopt a pioneering, practical and enterprising spirit and achieve new success in China-UK Cooperation(2017-06-15)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Eighth Sino-European Entrepreneurs Summit: Entrepreneurship Will Push China-Europe Cooperation to A New High(2017-06-14)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the CBBC Dinner in Honour of Secretary Hu Chuanhua: Win-win Cooperation for Win-win Development(2017-06-13)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the London Ceremony of 2017 China-UK Film and TV Conference: Creativity Will Boost China-UK Ties in the "Golden Era"(2017-06-06)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at Young Icebreakers' Dinner: Make Belt and Road Cooperation A Dream Come True(2017-06-02)
· Keynote Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Luncheon of the Hong Kong Association: Forge ahead against all odds to reach for new success(2017-06-01)
· Remarks by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the dinner hosted by HRH The Duke of York: Delivering More "Golden Fruits" in the "Golden Era"(2017-05-28)
· Speech by H.E. Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at City Week 2017: Seize Belt and Road Opportunity for Closer China-UK Financial Cooperation(2017-05-26)
· Keynote Speech by H.E Ambassador Liu Xiaoming at the Hong Kong-Europe Business Council Dinner: Commitment, Constancy and Confidence(2017-05-23)
· The Financial Times Publishes A Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled "China's Belt and Road plan encourages inclusive development"(2017-05-19)
· The Sunday Telegraph Publishes A Signed Article by Ambassador Liu Xiaoming Entitled " Britain Has An Important Role to Play in China's Continued Development "(2017-05-14)
· Ambassador Liu Xiaoming's Interview with Xinhua News Agency ahead of the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation(2017-05-13)
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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