|Wang Yi: China and Africa Have Advanced Mutual Assistance and Conducted In-depth Security Cooperation|
On September 2, 2018, when introducing the implementation situation of the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the 7th Ministerial Conference of the FOCAC, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi expressed that China and Africa have advanced mutual assistance and conducted in-depth security cooperation over the past three years.
Wang Yi noted that China has always committed to participating in the peace construction of Africa, and supported African countries, the African Union (AU) and other regional organizations in building an Africa that could root out the war. Over the past three years, the Chinese side has actively given free military aid of 100 million US dollars to the AU announced by President Xi Jinping at the Peacekeeping Summit of the United Nations (UN) to support the building of the African Standby Force and the African Capacity for Immediate Response to Crisis. The first batch of military-aid supplies has arrived in Africa. In 2017, the Chinese naval hospital ship Peace Ark visited seven African countries, completed its first tour in Africa successfully, and provided high-level medical services for people of its visiting countries.
Wang Yi stressed that the Chinese side has firmly supported the African people in solving the African issues in African ways, committed to promoting peaceful settlement of African hotspot issues, stood by Somalia in its reconstruction process of peace, promoted peace talks for the improvement of Ethiopia-Eritrea relations, and actively participated in international peace and security meetings concerning Sahel region, South Sudan and the Horn of Africa to contribute Chinese wisdom. Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs has visited Africa and attended the Africa-related international meetings for more than 30 times and actively mediated the hotspot issues.
Wang Yi stressed that the Chinese side has actively promoted the UN to increase support for peacekeeping operations in Africa and participated in the peacekeeping operations of the UN in Africa. In April, 2016 and July, 2017, China advocated and held public debates on pirate issue of the Gulf of Guinea and strengthening African capacity in building peace and security during its rotating presidency of the UN Security Council. The Chinese side now has about 2,000 peacekeepers deployed in 5 UN mission areas in Africa, making it the largest contributor of peacekeepers among the five permanent members of the UN. China takes up the second biggest share of UN peacekeeping assessment, 75 percent of which is used to support Africa. The Chinese side has also held peacekeeping training classes for African countries through China-UN Peace and Development Fund to help Africa to elevate its peacekeeping capacities. To date, China has dispatched 30 fleets to escort more than 6,000 Chinese and foreign ships passing through the Gulf of Aden and the waters off the Somali coast.