20 July 2012

Africa: SINO-African Ties Growing Fast

Beijing — THE Tanzania Zambia Railway (TAZARA) and the new African Union (AU) building in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia are among projects China is proud of through its bilateral ties with African countries.

The current problems facing Tazara will be solved by people from the two countries involved and not the government of the Republic of China.The Director General in the Department of Africa in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of China, Mr Lu Shaye and the Vice-President of International Relations Institute of China, Dr Liu Youfa, said this at different times on Thursday.

The two addressed journalists from Africa who are in the country to report on the 5th meeting on China and Africa Relationship, starting on Friday here in Beijing.Dr Liu who has also worked at the Chinese Embassy in Dar es Salaam for two and a half years said Tazara and the AU building inaugurated in January, this year, are landmark that clearly show the good relationship between China and Africa.

"We are very proud of construction of the Tazara railway, it has a very big significant to usÉand soon the AU headquarters building is another landmark of our good relationship with Africa," he explained.He said China is very proud and will continue to improve its bilateral relation with African nations, noting that China is implementing 900 projects in the continent.

Commenting on Tazara situation, he noted that efforts are needed from all sides to ensure all the current problems are solved so it can work effectively. He said the efforts must be directed to getting equipments, technology and a good management, noting that China's funding to solve the current problems will not be proper.

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