Developing countries should follow China’s example to strive for a larger voice in the international arena and to achieve common development, Mansour Abu el-Azm of the Egyptian state-owned Ahram Online, told the People’s Daily on the issue of global governance.
Having visited China many times, Abu el-Azm, editor-in-chief of the online arm of the country’s most popular newspaper, is familiar with China’s efforts to help Africa build infrastructure and improve economic environment.
He noted that China is taking a more proactive strategy and has every qualification to participate in the governance of global economy. Firstly, thanks to its huge economic volume and strong investment ability, China has global influence; Secondly, the peaceful position that China had taken in dealing with international affairs in recent years has won itself wide approval and positive feedback among many countries, including African countries.
Abu el-Azm said, “A reporter from Zambia told me that Chinese workers are building railways for Zambia in some remote areas. The story moved me so much that I believe that China and Africa will move together closer and tighter in the future.”
Abu el-Azm said the cooperation among China, Egypt and African countries will not decline but increase in the next 10 years. Egypt and other African countries are looking forward more investment from China, into projects like Suez River dam, highway and railway construction and gas exploration in Egypt.
“We need to study China’s experience, and learn more from China,” he added.
Abu el-Azm said the Belt and Road initiative advocated by China is the nation’s contribution to the world, which not only offers a platform for exchange and communication in the construction of infrastructure but also benefits every participant.
“There will be competition, but it is virtuous, instead of malignant. Under the ‘Belt and Road’ initiative, exchanges of commerce, goods, service, information and experiences will bring together the fate of each country closely in an unprecedented way,” said the editor-in-chief. (The Daily Mail – People’s Daily news exchange item)
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