Significant, sustained progress made in China-Africa ties within cooperation framework: AU chairperson

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Containers are seen at the new container terminal in Walvis Bay, Namibia, Aug. 2, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)

"With China, significant and sustained progress has been made within the  framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation," Chairperson of the  African Union  Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat said.

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chairperson of the African Union (AU)  Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has said that "significant and sustained" progress has been made in China-Africa ties.

"With China, significant and sustained progress has been made within the  framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)," Mahamat  said in an analysis of his first-term AU Commission chairmanship  published on Tuesday.

Photo taken on Sept. 22, 2020 shows facilities at the BGI Ethiopia COVID-19 test kit factory in the Bole Lemi industrial park on the outskirts of  Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. (Xinhua/Wang Shoubao)

He reiterated the AU Commission's strong commitment to upholding  multilateralism and supporting international partners in halting the  trend of unilateralism.

"Africa stands with those who fight unilateralism and strongly advocate for a  multilateralism of respect, equality and mutual benefit," he said.

Last month, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs Amira Elfadil also hailed China as a strategic partner of Africa.

"We are looking for those who are serious about the future of this  continent, and when we say strategic partners and mention strategic  partnerships, China comes first and we appreciate this partnership very  much," Elfadil said.

Members of Namibia's COVID-19 pandemic task team attend a video consultation  conference with Chinese medical experts in Windhoek, Namibia, April 14, 2020. (Photo by Musa C Kaseke/Xinhua)

Meanwhile, Mahamat warned in his analysis that global challenges, national egoism, the decline of multilateralism, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and  dwindling resources "have hampered our forward march" during the past  four years.

He said that if he is re-elected, renewing the AU Commission's strategic  partnerships with bilateral and multilateral partners is one of the  major aspirations.

"International cooperation and solidarity are irreplaceable," he said.

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