Xinhua Insight: China more active in int'l affairs (2)
Mar 09, 2013 (Xinhua via COMTEX) --
China is committed to growing its relations with African
countries. Strategic partnership between China and Africa has
developed fast over the years, and the two sides are actively
implementing the follow-up actions to the fifth Ministerial
Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
The cooperation between China and African countries, nevertheless,
has aroused suspicions and accusations.
"We hope all parties can view the cooperation between China and
African countries in an objective manner, and respect the African
friends in choosing cooperative partners by themselves," Yang said.
"If you want to walk fast, walk alone; if you want to walk afar,
walk together," Yang cited an African proverb to elaborate on the
importance of the cooperation with African countries.
The cooperation between China and African countries is in line
with African people's aspiration for stability and development in
their own countries, unity among African countries, and fairness and
justice of the international order, Yang said.
China and Africa will further promote cooperation in such fields
as investment and financing, assistance, African integration,
civilian exchanges, peace and security in Africa.
Yang said many countries are now advancing their cooperation with
Africa, and China welcomes such cooperation.
Yang said China is willing to develop cooperation with regional
organizations such as the Community of Latin American and Caribbean
States, and promote establishment of the forum on China-Latin America
CHINESE PROTECTION OVERSEAS
An increasing number of Chinese nationals and companies traveled
abroad in recent years.
In 2012, Chinese mainland residents made 83.18 million overseas
trips and there are about 20,000 China-funded enterprises overseas.
The Foreign Ministry and foreign missions have, on a timely basis,
handled several hundred thousand consular protection and assistance
cases involving overseas Chinese nationals and agencies.
The ministry and consulates abroad handle 100 cases of consular
protection every day.
"All our efforts on this front are designed to ensure our citizens
to make happy trips overseas and take safe trips back home," Yang
"We will continue to deliver high-quality consular services to
overseas Chinese nationals and companies and try our best to serve
and benefit them," he said.
NO CYBER SPACE WAR
A U.S. cyber security firm Mandiant released last month a report
which alleged that a secret Chinese military unit in Shanghai
conducted cyber attacks against U.S. companies.
The report was followed by a wave of Western media criticism of
hacking from China.
"Those reports may have caught eyes of many, but they are actually
built on shaky ground," Yang said.
"What is black is black, and what is white stays white. Anyone who
tries to fabricate or pieces together a sensational story to serve
political motives will not be able to black names of others or
whitewash themselves," he said.
"Cyber space needs rules and cooperation, not a war," Yang said,
citing that China is vulnerable to cyber attacks and suffers such
"We oppose to turn cyber space into another battlefield, or
capitalize on virtual reality to interfere in other countries'
internal affairs," Yang said.
"We hope irresponsible rebuke or criticism (against China) would
end," he said, adding that the Chinese government opposes hacking
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