from ADANE BIKILA in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
ADDIS ABABA, (CAJ News) – AFRICAN heads of state are looking forward to expanding ties with China following the re-election of Xi Jinping as president of Asia’s global powerhouse.
The leaders congratulated their Chinese colleague, who secured a third term and retained a role as Chairman of the Central Military Commission.
“On behalf of the people, government and myself of the Federal Democratic Republic of Ethiopia, I would like to extend warm congratulations to the Chinese people and the government,” stated Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
“I would like to take this opportunity to reiterate that I am firmly committed to further strengthening the comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership between our two friendly countries, and wish China continued prosperity and peace,” Ahmed said.
Ethiopia hosts the headquarters of the African Union (AU).
China funded the new AU headquarters, opened in 2012 in Addis Ababa.
President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria congratulated Jinping.
Nigeria is Africa’s largest nation by population and its biggest economy as well as one of China’s leading trade partners in the continent.
The Buhari administration is upbeat that the strategic partnership between the two countries will continue to enhance development in the fields of politics, military, trade, finance, oil and gas in the future.
The cooperation between the two countries in agriculture, telecommunications, infrastructure and manufacturing is also poised to deepen.
“May the Chinese government and people continue to enjoy peace, progress and prosperity under the distinguished and convincing leadership of President Xi Jinping,” Buhari stated.
President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa said the re-election of Jinping was timely as the two countries marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
“At this milestone moment, the two countries have become more closely united, and the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides has continued to flourish,” Ramaphosa said.
His country has the most advanced economy in Africa and the sole member of the continent in the BRICS bloc.
BRICS is an acronym for Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa.
“The South African government will continue to work on the basis of the traditional friendship and comradely relationship between South Africa and China, strengthen bilateral cooperation in areas of common concern, and work together to promote regional and multilateral cooperation,” Ramaphosa assured.
– CAJ News