Ethiopia and fellow African countries have established mutually advantageous cooperation with China based on the promotion of mutual interests carried out in an honest and transparent manner, an Ethiopian expert has said.
Tekeda Alemu, Board Member of the Ethiopian Centre for Dialogue, Research and Cooperation (CRDC), who is also the East African country’s long-serving diplomat with years of service as Ethiopia’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations — made the remarks said late on Monday during the launching of a new book, entitled “Managing Cross-cultural Dynamics for a Shared Future: China-Ethiopia Cultural Constructs”.
The new book is the outcome of a joint academic research and insights undertaken by CRDC and the Center for International Business Ethics at the University of International Business and Economics of China.
Alemu stressed that Ethiopia and China have forged relations “based on the promotion of mutual interests carried out in an honest and transparent manner since the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries in the early 1970s.”
“No matter what some might say by way of costing aspirations on relations between China and Africa, an objective assessment must show that Africa has been beneficiary in its cooperation with this country (China), whose role globally has been growing very fast and has become a nation that cannot be ignored,” he added.
Alemu also stressed that China’s relations with Ethiopia and fellow African countries “is demonstrated by the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI), which is bound to have a major and historical impact in terms of bringing people from different parts of the world together. It is a project which builds bridges between peoples together, not creating a wall between them.”
“This is also why the cultural dimension is so critical. Misunderstandings created by wrong interpretation of behavior shaped by cultural predisposition could be harmful as they could also undermine relations of cooperation that is otherwise extremely beneficial,” Tekeda said.
The veteran diplomat also argued that mutual understanding of the challenges in the cultural dimension “is most critical to ensure that relations between China and Ethiopia would be sustainable and would be further deepened in the mutual interest of the two countries.”
According to Alemu, the CRDC has been promoting the objective of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and has conducted evidence-based research and analysis on the importance of the BRI in the Ethiopia-China and Africa-China cooperation.
The CDRC is a nonprofit and independent Ethiopia-based center of excellence that envisaged promoting the advancement of socio-economic development and democracy, which aspires to contribute to the peace and security of Ethiopia and the Horn of Africa as well as the African continent and beyond. Enditem