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Over the years, China has helped African countries not only during the period of liberation struggle, but also even in the time of the new era. During the struggle for national liberation and independence, China fought side by side with African countries until they were liberated and achieved independence. After gaining independence, China continued to support them politically, militarily and economically.
What makes the friendship between China and Africa more unique is their past experiences on both sides and China’s commitment to helping the continent turn its strength into resources into development advantages and achieve independent and sustainable development. This has been the cornerstone of China’s foreign policy and long-term strategy to develop solidarity and cooperation with African countries.
China-Africa friendship has been fostered over the years when China and Africa have supported and stood by each other in difficult times. Since then, China has continued to help Africa by providing financial assistance and technical assistance without prioritizing any conditions or interfering in the internal affairs of the country concerned.
The success of China-Africa friendship stems from the fundamental principles established by our early founding leaders as well as China’s good foreign policy towards Africa. Due to China’s non-interference policy, African countries have benefited greatly from this policy and have been able to establish good political and commercial relations with China. China has always extended respect and support to Africa, shared wealth and afflictions and mutual assistance with African people.
To reassure Africa that China is a true friend and a great partner, it declared five principles which are sincerity, real results, friendship and good faith and the principles of pursuing the greatest good and shared interests that optimize China’s policy towards Africa. These principles represent the fundamentals of Chinese culture and symbolize the historical traditions of Sino-African friendship. These are China’s general guiding principles in enhancing solidarity and cooperation with Africa.
Through these principles, China always regards solidarity and cooperation with African countries as an essential part of its foreign policy that benefits both sides. That is why it is committed and ready to strengthen its mutual support with African countries on issues affecting their fundamental interests and is committed not to interfere in the internal political affairs of any country. Rather, he wants African countries to solve their internal problems in their own way, without foreign interference.
Over the years, China and the Chinese people have treated Africans not only as friends but also as brothers and sisters, so they have pursued a policy called “win-win cooperation” in their foreign relations. This policy is fundamental to Africa’s development as it provides an opportunity to share the benefits for whatever is available.
Maintaining and further strengthening its cooperation with Africa, China has put in place five other initiatives that guide China’s engagement with African countries. These five initiatives are a “five-no” policy approach, that is; no interference in the pursuit by African countries of development paths suited to their national conditions; no interference in the internal affairs of African countries; no imposition of China’s will on African countries; no political commitment to aid to Africa; and no pursuit of selfish political gains in investment and financial cooperation with Africa.
In implementing these initiatives, China does not intervene in African countries to implement development approaches appropriate to their national status. It does not interfere in African internal affairs and does not use national and political disputes as a factor preventing loans and financial assistance in the respective countries. China’s policy of non-interference has largely contributed to the availability of loans, financial aid and technical assistance in many African countries. China also does not prioritize its demands on African countries, so African nations have an opportunity to reap China’s success without any strings attached.
The “five no’s” policy has not only offered African nations the opportunity to benefit directly from the loans and aid offered by the Chinese government, but also offered each country the opportunity to choose a development path suited to its national conditions instead of being forced to follow a given development path.
It should be noted that China’s African policy puts friendship first and follows the principle of giving more and taking less, giving before taking and giving without asking for return. Contrary to the arrogance and prejudice of Western countries against Africans, China treats African nations as equals. It has never compelled African countries to comply with its requirements before granting loans or providing aid.
African nations need partners who are committed to working with them to eradicate poverty and develop their economies while respecting their country’s sovereignty.
China-Africa relations are not based on colonialism or exploitation, but rather on brotherhood and good friendship. China has been a great helper and a true savior that has contributed to various developments and brought about major economic reforms in Africa. Many of these new developments would not have happened without Chinese loans and a good investment policy towards Africa, backed by its policy of non-interference.