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MFA: No concept of colonizing others in China
April 01,2017   By:MFA
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Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on March 31, 2017

April 1, 2017 -- Q: According to media reports, President of the European Parliament Tajani said on March 29 that Africa risks becoming a Chinese colony. He called on the EU to pour billions worth of investments and develop a long-term strategy, so as to lay the ground for strategic development. What is your comment?
 
A: What Mr. President of the European Parliament said was astonishing. I have no clue about what logic led him to that conclusion. I would suggest that he learn some basic facts before making comments, maybe that will make his words sound more serious. At least he should first know the following.
 
First, there is no concept of colonizing others in China's foreign policies and diplomatic philosophy. I believe most of the countries that have pursued colonial policies worldwide since modern times are European countries.
 
Second, there is no stain of colonialism in China's diplomatic practices. When we look at the history of Africa, it seems that the countries that colonized the African continent by force were all European countries. And the origin of poverty, turbulence and some conflicts in today's Africa is European colonialism. 
 
Third, I think when Mr. President criticized and assumed the hidden strategic intentions of our investment in Africa and our cooperation with African countries, he might have forgotten the fact that China's assistance to Africa, China's investment with Africa, and China's cooperation in Africa, did not start today, but were already in existence
 
 in the early years after the founding of New China, when China itself was still a very poor and underdeveloped country. The very thing that bonded the Chinese and African people together was the fight of the African continent against European colonialism. As time passes, China's support for Africa today has expanded from Africa's political independence to its economic independence. No matter what others may think of that, the African people have applauded and accepted this support. As you can see, the Johannesburg summit of FOCAC in 2015 introduced ten major plans for China-Africa cooperation, which involve nearly US$60 billion. These plans have already yielded early results.
 
From this perspective, I would agree with our President on one point. We hope the EU can truly increase its investment in Africa and take concrete steps to help African countries get rid of poverty and achieve independent development. This is our hope, and also the hope of the African countries, only that their help should not be attached with any political conditions.