Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi recently declared that China will work with other G20 members to implement the debt service suspension initiative to ease Africa’s debt burden.
Minister Wang made the remarks when he responded to a question asked by an African journalist at a press conference on the sidelines of the annual Chinese national legislative session on Sunday, May 24th.
According to Minister Wang, who is concurrently a State Councillor (equivalent of Deputy Prime Minister) of China’s cabinet, China and Africa are good brothers who have shared weal and woe together.
He said, “our people, having fought shoulder-to-shoulder for national liberation, are partners for common development. A few years back, we were together fighting Ebola.”
He stated that he fully agreed with the AU Commission Chairperson in saying that “Africa and China are friends and, more importantly, comrades-in-arms. Nothing can change or damage this friendship”.
Minister Wang made it clear that in the battle against COVID-19, China and Africa have again stood by each other.