US Asks China To Play A ‘Positive Role’ In Africa November 1, 2006Posted by notapundit in US News.
WASHINGTON (AP)–The U.S. on Wednesday urged China to “play a positive role” in Africa’s development, as China prepares to host a conference with African nations this week.
“We would just ask that China, as it emerges more and more onto the global stage,” looks to “play a positive role in the economic as well as political development of Africa,” State Department spokesman Sean McCormack said.
Beijing is welcoming leaders from 48 African nations for a landmark summit meant to highlight China’s growing role in Africa.
In return for natural resources to feed its expanding economy and new markets for its burgeoning enterprises, Chinese investment has helped boost African economies and, for some, standards of living.
Critics, however, say China’s arms exports to Sudan’s Darfur region have helped fuel a conflict that has killed thousands and forced millions from their homes over the past three years.
Referring to Darfur, McCormack said China had “arrived at the conclusion that it’s a matter that needs to be dealt with urgently.”
McCormack said the U.S. “would ask any state, including China, to do whatever they can” to pressure Sudan to take action on Darfur. But he couldn’t say whether the U.S. has suggested China use this week’s conference to do that.