China's Xi says no to Africa 'vanity projects' as hosts major summit

President Buhari and his Chineses counterpart XI Jinping inspecting a guard of honour in China

The President was invited by his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping to attend the FOCAC Summit and the two heads of state are also scheduled to hold bilateral talks on the sidelines of the summit.

More concrete projects are expected to come into being during the upcoming series of FOCAC events, including the High-Level Dialogue of China-Africa Leaders and Business Representatives and the 6th China-Africa Business Forum.

The statement read in part: "During the 6-day official visit of the Nigerian President, he is expected to join his Chinese counterpart, Xi Jinping to witness the signing of an agreement on the National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone Phase 11 (NICTIB 11) between Galaxy Backbone Limited and Huawei Technologies Limited (HUAWEI) at the cost of United States $328 million facility provided by the Chinese EXIM Bank".

During his visit to Uganda in July Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India's partnership now includes implementation of 180 Lines of Credit worth about Dollars 11 billion in over 40 African countries.

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"China does not interfere in Africa's internal affairs and does not impose its own will on Africa", he said.

The relationship between China and Africa is based on more than just trade: it is a partnership aligned to Africa's development goals, as contained in the AU's Agenda 2063 and the New Partnership for Africa's Development.

The narrative of "Africa Rising" - the rapid economic growth in Africa since 2000 - is inextricably tied to the rise of China and the formation of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) 18 years ago.

African presidents in attendance include South Africa's Cyril Ramaphosa, Egypt's Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, Zambia's Edgar Lungu and Gabon's Ali Bongo.

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"Inadequate infrastructure is believed to be the biggest bottleneck to Africa's development", he added.

While relations between China and African nations are broadly positive, concerns have intensified about the impact of some of China's deals in the region.

He also said that China will exempt certain African countries from outstanding debts incurred in the form of interest-free Chinese government loans due by the end of 2018. After being taken to a hotel, President Mnangagwa immediately granted an interview to CCTV, in which he talked about the recent sanctions renewal by US and how his country is progressing in correcting past mistakes.

"I would expect African leaders to put on the table the opportunity that arises from building the African continent's manufacturing capability in a way that is in the best interests of the African continent but benefits china as well", Tshabalala said Saturday. In addition, South Africa hosts the largest number of Chinese tourists in Africa, with about 100 000 citizens having visited the country in 2017.

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"So far, no African country has complained of falling into debt because of cooperation with China", Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters on Friday.

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