NAIROBI (Xinhua) -- Kenya on
Friday hosted a forum to discuss ways of strengthening
China-Africa cooperation on governance, peace and security as a
prerequisite to sustain inclusive prosperity and stability in
Delegates who attended the forum organized by Nairobi-based
pan-African think tank Africa Policy Institute agreed that China
has become a critical partner in Africa’s quest to tackle
conflicts and governance hiccups that have undermined its
In his opening remarks, Li Xuhang, the Charge d’affaires at the
Chinese Embassy, said Beijing is committed to realization of
peace, security and good governance in Africa without
interfering with the continent’s sovereignty.
“When participating in African security affairs, China has
always respected the sovereignty of the countries concerned,” Li
“On the ground of non-interference, China holds an objective and
fair attitude to urge peace and promote talks to convince people
by reasoning but not bias,” he said.
He said that China has rallied behind long-term solution to
Africa’s insecurity and civil strife by investing in projects
that addresses poverty and youth unemployment.
“China believes that the root causes of instability and conflict
lie in poverty and under-development and only by supporting
African countries in achieving coordinated economic and social
development can we fundamentally achieve stability,” said Li.
Senor policymakers and scholars affiliated with pan-African
think tanks attended the Nairobi forum which sought to stimulate
conversation on how China can be an integral part of the
continent’s quest to be peaceful, stable and secure.
Christopher Chika, director of Asia and Australasia Directorate
at Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, said that China’s
participation in Africa’s peace and security agenda has
redefined bilateral ties with the continent in recent times.
“The emerging consensus is to realign China-Africa engagement
with our continent’s peace and security agenda as we aspire to
silence the guns,” said Chika.
“China has invested heavily in Africa and therefore it is in its
interest to promote peace and security that is key to improve
the business environment,” he added.
He commended Beijing’s support towards stabilization of regional
hotspots like Somalia and South Sudan.
Peter Kagwanja, chief executive officer of the Africa Policy
Institute, said that China-Africa relations have for many
decades placed heavy premium on peaceful development and
sovereignty of individual countries.
“China was engaged in matters of peace and security in Africa in
the 1950s as part of the struggle for liberation of states in
the continent that led to their attaining of independence,” said
He stressed that investments in youth empowerment programs is
key to neutralizing the threat of violent conflicts and
terrorism in Africa.