武汉夜网论坛：Ministry of Foreign Affairs： The label of setting a debt trap on Africa will never be put on China
Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The label of setting a “debt trap” on Africa will never be put on China
Original title: Ministry of Foreign Affairs: The label of setting a “debt trap” for Africa will never be put on China
Beijing, October 12 (Reporter Wu Yue) Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian said at a regular press conference on the 12th,China’s cooperation with Africa has always been upright,The label of setting a “debt trap” in Africa will never be slapped on China.
A reporter asked: Recently,According to media reports,Some Western countries accuse China of not fully participating in debt relief under the Group of Twenty (G20) debt relief initiative.Failed to help African countries reduce their debt burden,Create a “debt trap” in Africa.what opinions do the Chinese have on this issue?
Zhao Lijian said,China attaches great importance to debt relief in Africa,Committed to the full implementation of the G20 debt relief initiative.President Xi Jinping announced important measures to alleviate debts to Africa at the China-Africa Unity Anti-epidemic Summit.China is following the consensus of the leaders of China and Africa and the G20 debt relief initiative,Actively respond to the concerns of the African side.
He said,Currently,The Export-Import Bank of China, as the bilateral official creditor,Debt relief agreements have been signed with 11 African countries.Other unofficial creditors also actively refer to the G20 Debt Mitigation Initiative,Reached a consensus on debt relief with some African countries.China will also exempt 15 African countries from interest-free loans due by the end of 2020.And continue to promote the international community, especially the G20, to further extend the debt relief period.
”For individual countries and media accusing China of false accusations,I want to emphasize thatIn the overall foreign debt composition of African countries,The debt held by multilateral financial institutions and commercial creditors accounted for more than 3/4,Take greater responsibility for debt relief.”Zhao Lijian said,China’s cooperation with Africa has always been upright,Not interfere in the internal affairs of African countries,No political conditions attached.This is also the principle that China adheres to in handling African debt issues.”The label of setting a’debt trap’ on Africa will never be put on China.”
”It was precisely when certain countries dealt with African debt problems that year,Attach a lot of political conditions,It sets standards and thresholds that are difficult for many African countries to achieve,”Reform” Africa by borrowing from the debt problem,Widely criticized by African countries.In supporting Africa,China has never been absent.We are willing to continue to strengthen communication and coordination with African countries,Solve the debt problem through friendly negotiation.”Zhao Lijian said.