Xi Jinping gave the keynote address at the opening of the Forum on China-African Cooperation (FOCAC) on Monday.
He promised the assembled leaders that China’s aid to Africa comes with no strings attached, saying that China follows a “five-no” approach:
“No interference in African countries' pursuit of development paths that fit their national conditions”
“No interference in African countries' internal affairs”
“No imposition of our will on African countries”
“No attachment of political strings to assistance to Africa”
“No seeking of selfish political gains in investment and financing cooperation with Africa”
Xi also said that China is on Africa’s side in the global arena:
“We call for increasing the representation and voice of developing countries in international affairs and support efforts to strengthen the South.”
“We will continue the efforts to make the global governance system better represent the will and interests of the majority of countries, especially developing countries.”
Get smart: Xi’s pledges of South-South solidarity and no-strings-attached assistance is in deliberate contrast to assistance from the West.