UNITED NATIONS, Oct. 13 (Xinhua) — “China has been in the forefront in forging South-South cooperation,” UN Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told Xinhua in a recent interview, when asked about her comment on China’s development since it embraced an open and reform policy in the late 1970s.
In the last 30 years, there has been a lot of cooperation between China, in its pursuit of the open policy, and other countries, particularly developing ones, she said to Xinhua Thursday.
“In the last few years, we have seen China engaging more and more with the outside world, holding meetings to forge partnerships, all with a view to advancing the social and economic agenda which definitely feeds into the implementation of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs),” she said.
Migiro said UN chief Ban Ki-moon also appreciates China’s contribution to the priorities he has been working on by advancing the goal of development.
“China is a key player in the world… and has played its role,” she said.
As a Tanzania national, the ex-foreign minister of Tanzania gave witness to the relationship between China and African countries, including Tanzania, long before she joined the Foreign Ministry.
“I saw it grow,” she said. “It started in the 70s, and we saw China contributing to the economic development in many countries including Tanzania in the area of infrastructure development.”
“Coming from Tanzania, I cannot but mention the immense support China gives to Tanzania and Zambia in building the railway, which is known as the Tazara, as many Chinese would know it by that name– the Tanzania-Zambia Railway,” said Migiro.
China has also supported education, water availability, engineering sector, not only in Tanzania, but in other countries as well, she said.
China is increasing its support and its coordination with other countries, she said, citing the recent China-Africa Forum as “one indication that China was really resolved in increasing its partnership with African countries.”
The deputy UN chief also commended China for contributing immensely to the UN peacekeeping efforts around the world.
“I do hope that China will continue to engage positively for purposes of contributing to peace, security and development,” she added.