During his visit to Ethiopia, China’s new foreign minister, Qin Gang, dodged a fresh call from the African Union for endless presentations on the United Nations Security Council.
Speaking at the inauguration of the headquarters of the China-built Africa Center for Disease Control and Prevention in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, Qin stressed the partnership between China and Africa in matters of security and economic development.
African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat told a common press meeting that Africa’s absence of enduring representation on the Security Council was a “burning issue”, given that most of the problems on the Council’s agenda concern African countries. “It is inappropriate that others decide for others. It is not fair. We need a new order at the international level which will respect the interests of others,” he said.