CHINESE ACADEMY OF INTERNATIONAL TRADE
AND ECONOMIC COOPERATION
MINISTRY OF COMMERCE, P. R. CHINA

Wed.29/10/2014

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China's aid toAfrica has long focused on engineering construction projects. Over the past sixdecades, China had funded and built many big infrastructure projects in thecontinent, some of which have become local landmarks like the African UnionConference Center and Office Complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the TazaraRailway linking Tanzania and Zambia. Along with China's growing strength, thecountry's foreign policy has gradually shifted from being benefits andascendancy oriented to being based on benefits and value. Against thisbackdrop, Sino-African cooperation has also gradually transitioned towardglobal governance from South-South cooperation.

As such, China should continue to cooperate with African countries oninfrastructure projects, but should move beyond that to imparting China'sexperience and translating its confidence in its development path, theory andsystem into an intangible force that is internationally recognized.

The author is theassociate research fellow of the Institute of International Development Cooperation.

This article is publishedon Global Times (February 6, 2017).

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