JOHANNESBURG, S. Africa- 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 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 Monyae.
He said, Africa's future lies in the strategic relations with China. According to him, China has contributed to Africa's infrastructure development, citing the notable example of Chinese-built Mombasa-Nairobi railway line in Kenya.
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.
Bob Wekesa, journalism lecturer with University of Witwatersrand, also said that, China's partnership is crucial for Africa, to achieve the sustainable development goals.
Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK