At a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva on Friday, a senior Chinese diplomat commented that China is very concerned over the situation in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
“Judging from the current situation, a long-term process is needed in order to settle the situation and to effectively implement all signed agreements,” said Li Baodong, Chinese ambassador to the UN Office in Geneva.
China’s involvement in Africa has increased dramatically in recent years and has been the subject of several international controversies, including their involvement with Sudan in light of the crisis in Darfur.
On November 18, South Africa’s Independent Online posted the article “China Defends Investments in DR Congo,” which commented that in May 2008, China lent $9 billion to DR Congo for infrastructure improvements, and $35 million in January for the Congolese postal service.
“China’s business activities and investment programmes in DR Congo are based on mutual benefit and joint development,” foreign ministry spokesperson Qin Gang told reporters.
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