A landmark summit has kicked off in Beijing, with trade and cooperation between China and Africa under the spotlight. Leaders from 48 African nations are attending the forum. The Ethiopian Foreign Minister, Seyoum Mesfin, told delegates that improved ties will help give his continent access to a large market.
“The last three years have witnessed an accelerated growth in the volume of trade between Africa and China,” he said. “The potential in this area is enormous, with all its implications for Africa.”
Meanwhile, the Sudanese president told a news conference at the summit that his government will not relent on its rejection of UN peacekeeping troops for Darfur.
Omar el-Bashir said accepting foreign troops, which the UN says is needed to stop a conflict that has killed at least 200,000 people, would only make matters worse.