GHANA’S PRESIDENT TELLS U.N. AFRICA’S TIES WITH CHINA GUIDED BY HISTORY

UNITED NATIONS– President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo of Ghana has played down growing anxiety over China’s forays into Africa, saying there is history to guide the continent’s dealing with the Asian economic giant.

The situation where Ghana, like many countries in Africa, was forging relations with China was not a uniquely Ghanaian or African phenomenon, and was not the case of the continent being colonized by a new power, he told the United Nations General Assembly here Wednesday.

The president noted that rich and well-established countries have also been paying regular visits to China, and seeking to open new economic ties and improve upon existing ones.

It was at the turn of the 20th century that China’s first railways were built by Western companies, financed by Western loans to a nearly bankrupt Qing Dynasty, and it was under those circumstances that a certain strategic port called Hong Kong was leased for 99 years, and the rest as the saying goes, is history, the President reminded the audience of world leaders.

Today, the former victim of Western Railways imperialism is lending billions to countries throughout Asia, Africa and Europe to construct not only railroads, but also highways, ports, power plants and other infrastructure, and many businesses.

The historical echoes, President Akufo-Addo noted, are worrisome, but he was confident that we must and can learn from history.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK