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China and Africa Jointly Refute the Rumor Spread by Western Media

On February 8, 2018, Foreign Minister Wang Yi and visiting Chairman of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat jointly met press after holding the China-AU Strategic Dialogue. A journalist asked about the hype of the Western media that China took advantage of assisting the construction of the AU Conference Center to wiretap the AU. Moussa Faki Mahamat and Wang Yi made refutation successively.

Moussa Faki Mahamat expressed that the Conference Center of the AU headquarters was built with the generous assistance from China. The choice made by certain media to spread such news on the eve of the AU Summit was by no means accidental, but to tell lies and provoke disputes. The AU held that it was impossible and unnecessary for China to take such action. China-Africa relations are unshakable, and the common tasks at present for the AU and China are to strengthen cooperation and bring more benefits to the people of both sides. Such rumors could never damage China-Africa relations and distract us.

Wang Yi expressed that we appreciate that Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat solemnly and justly refuted the ungrounded comment of the Western media. The AU Conference Center is the symbol of China-Africa friendship and the fruit of China-Africa cooperation. China would never allow any person or any force to smear it. China is the selfless provider of assistance in construction and the AU and the African countries are the users. The AU and African brothers and sisters have the best say on the cooperation situation between the two sides.

Wang Yi noted that China-Africa relations have withstood the test of vicissitudes of the international situation for over half a century and now have entered golden and mature period of rapid development. Certain people and forces are not willing to offer assistance to Africa but harbor “the mindset of sour grapes” against the achievements of China-Africa cooperation. In front of the historical trend and fruitful results of China-Africa cooperation, any rumor is futile and any provocation is doomed to fail!

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