BRAZZAVILLE - President of the Republic of the Congo Denis
Sassou Nguesso said he is confident about the prospects for
Sino-Congolese cooperation as well as China-Africa cooperation.
The cooperation is "strongly based on sincere friendship, mutual
respect," he said. "We think we are on the right way, not only Congo but
all Africa. I am confident about the cooperation that exists between
Africa and China."
"China, Africa and the rest of the world will be faced with a
wonderful prospect," the Congolese president told Xinhua in a recent
interview before leaving for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which is themed "China and Africa:
Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win
Cooperation between the Republic of the Congo and China dates back to
the 1960s. Sassou Nguesso cited China's assistance in building several
thousand kilometers of roads in the African country.
When the country won independence in 1960, "many people do not know
that in Congo at the time there was not a single kilometer of paved
roads outside a few asphalt streets in the capital city," he said.
"Thanks to the Sino-Congolese cooperation we were able to build the
road (connecting) Pointe-Noire to Brazzaville today," he said.
"Today, day and night, vehicles can come and go between the
deep-water port of Pointe-Noire and Brazzaville on the banks of the
Congo River, thus promoting the movement of people, goods," he said.
Regarding the doubts especially in Western countries about
strengthened Africa-China cooperation, Sassou Nguesso said that the
Congolese people, who have witnessed the boons of cooperation with
China, welcome Africa-China cooperation.
As for the theme of the upcoming FOCAC summit to held on Sept 3-4 in
Beijing, the Congolese president called a community with a shared future
"a great idea."
"The Chinese and African peoples throughout history have experienced
almost similar situations ... and today they have chosen to (be on a)
journey together for development, economic and social well-being," he
Regarding globalization, "there are important challenges that we must
face together, including terrorism, insecurity and climate change, etc.
These are situations that are linked and affect all the peoples in the
world," he said.
"I think that a summit bringing together China and Africa is already
an important link in this project to gather all the humanity together to
meet these challenges," he said.
The Congolese president said he thinks the China-proposed Belt and
Road Initiative meshes well with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for
Sustainable Development and the African Union's Agenda 2063.
"We have welcomed this initiative since the (FOCAC) Johannesburg
Summit ... We believe that this initiative will integrate Africa. All
this is in the direction we have chosen to walk together," the Congolese
"For me, the theme of this forum is well chosen, and the moment too.
And we are going to study all the possibilities that should allow the
Chinese and African peoples to move toward progress," he said.