China supports African industrialisation – Ambassador

Industrialisation is necessary for Africa to achieve sustainable development. “Only by realising sustainable development could Africa escape foreign interference.” These points were made by Chinese Ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian at the Africa Institute of South Africa-Human Sciences Research Council/Embassy of the People’s Republic of China conference ‘Opportunities and Challenges of China-Africa Industrial Cooperation’ in Pretoria on Friday.

“If Africa is not independent economically, it is hard to be independent politically,” he observed. Moreover, without development, it would be impossible to defeat poverty. And poverty was the number one problem. China strongly believed that, if Africa achieved sustainable industrial development and modernised agriculture, it would have…

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