Former President Thabo Mbeki supports cooperation between China and African countries.
Former President Thabo Mbeki says cooperation between African countries and China is mutually beneficial. Mbeki was addressing the China-Africa relations interactive session at the University of South Africa in Pretoria.
During the last Forum on Africa and China in September last year, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $60 billion to the continent in loans, grants, and development financing.
Some saw this and many other agreements as a form of colonialism. Mbeki disagrees.
In his Previous State Of The Nation Address , The Former President Thabo Mbeki dedicated one whole paragraph to China-South Africa relationship, quotes “This year we celebrate the tenth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and the People’s Republic of China. The mushrooming of relations in a variety of areas between our governments and peoples confirms that China-South Africa Partnership for Growth and Development is a strategic relationship of mutual benefit, which can only grow from strength to strength.
“Let’s negotiate an agreement which reflects the interests of both sides and we negotiated the agreement. In the end it was signed which governs the relations. So there was a declaration that was issued, including those, these are the objectives that all of us have agreed to, which we must pursue and then the plan of action to implement what was agreed. That’s the construct of the relations between Africa and China.”
Source : Sabc