AA / Tunis / Wejden Jlassi
China on Monday urged the United States to resolve Africa’s debt crisis, stressing that it had no intention of “trapping African countries with these debts”.
Through the voice of Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin, Beijing has highlighted its status as a partner with all developing countries to escape the “poverty trap”.
The Chinese official’s comments came in response to accusations leveled against Beijing by some US officials and the World Bank over the question of Africa’s debt.
“There is no evidence for these allegations. China attaches great importance to Africa’s debt problem and helps African countries deal with it. China has contributed to debt service suspension efforts. The debt (ISSD) is higher than other members of the Group of 20 (G20). ),” China News Agency. Xinhua quoted Wang Wenbin as saying.
The Chinese official added that the United States is the largest shareholder of the World Bank and the IMF, and the largest commercial lender to African countries with financial capital from the United States and Europe. According to Chinese news agencies, he noted that the United States is committed to participating in debt relief for Africa.
“We urge the United States to assume its responsibilities and make greater efforts to significantly encourage the participation of multilateral financial institutions and commercial lenders in solving Africa’s debt problem,” the statement said.
It must be remembered that major world powers continue to look seriously towards Africa. It was U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris’ turn last March to tour the continent, including Ghana, Tanzania and Zambia, with Russian and Chinese diplomatic leaders and French President Emmanuel Macron.
It should be recalled that this visit by Harris followed the Summit on Africa held in Washington last December, during which President Joe Biden pleaded for a broader partnership with Africa, in the context of global competition on the continent, especially with China.
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