Recently, All Africa, Vanguard and Lagos City Reporters published an article entitled China's Economic Bounce Good for China-Africa Cooperation. The main content is as follows:
China's GDP registered a 3.2 percent year-on-year growth in the second quarter of this year, versus a 6.8 percent contraction in the first quarter, making China the first major economy to grow since the start of COVID-19. The reason that China can achieve this economic bounce is that ever since the outbreak of COVID-19, China adopted comprehensive, strict and precise measures for prevention and control. The Central Government has rolled out a raft of measures, including more fiscal spending, tax relief and supportive employment policies, to revive the economy.
As I indicated in my previous article, "the impact of the epidemic is short-lived and temporary. It will not change the momentum of steady and long-term economic growth in China." China, now in a better position to handle any contingencies in the future, remains an important engine for global growth. Its market is still huge, inclusive and open. The growth in the second quarter further demonstrates that the world's second-largest economy has strong economic resilience and great economic potential.
The world's confidence in the prospects of China's development is well-founded. The country's economic recovery will continue in the second half of the year, powered by the rapidly growing new industries and business models, as well as the strong support from macro policies.
The dark moment is passing, but full recovery could take time. China will further deepen reforms, expand opening-up and improve its business environment to achieve high-quality development.
That the Chinese economy has shifted from slowing down to rising is strong evidence that the adverse impact of the pandemic can be overcome with resolve, courage and correct actions. The bounce-back of the Chinese economy provides hope to other countries looking to recover from a crisis that has caused a global recession.
In today's world, the interests of all countries are highly integrated. Win-win cooperation is the trend of the times. China will be unswervingly committed to pursuing the path of peaceful development, promoting the building of an open world economy and supporting international solidarity against the coronavirus until victory is won for all.
The year 2020 is a difficult time for the world facing waves of virus cases, rising protectionism and other uncertainties. During these trying times, no matter how the domestic and international economic situation evolves, China will always stand on the right side of history.
COVID-19 is a severe crisis and test to the world. China applauds the solidarity and mutual support between China and Africa in fighting the virus alongside each other. At the early stage of its battle against the coronavirus, China received valuable support from Nigeria and other African countries. China, who empathized with the African countries when they were hit by the pandemic, took the lead in providing support and anti-pandemic supplies as well as in sharing the experience in pandemic prevention and control so as to help enhance their capacity and level of pandemic prevention and control. China called for greater support for African countries on multiple occasions, and China is stepping up the implementation of the relevant measures and will continue to do its best to support Nigeria and other African countries in COVID-19 response and economic recovery.
China stands ready to work with Nigeria to pull through this trying time and implement the outcomes of the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19. While keeping in place pandemic containment measures, the two sides can explore flexible ways to steadily advance cooperation. The two sides should be in strong favor of closer coordination to uphold international equity and justice, promote multilateralism and safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries. After the joint battle against COVID-19, the China-Africa relationship will reach a new height and deliver even greater benefits to the two peoples.
(Written by Chu Maoming, China's Consul General in Lagos)