Cooperation between Cameroon and China has been growing from strength to strength since the establishment of diplomatic relations on March 26, 1971. After last March’s visit to China, President Paul Biya was again in Beijing this September for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, during which the two sides discussed enhanced cooperation. Speaking in Yaounde on September 27, 2018 on the 69th anniversary of the foundation of the People’s Republic of China, Ambassador Wang Yingwu had good words for Cameroon.
The government of Cameroon was represented at the event by the Minister Delegate in the Ministry of External Relations in charge of Relations with the Commonwealth, Felix Mbayu. “Cameroon has for long enjoyed stable political and economic development, and social progress, thereby enabling her to make major contributions to peacekeeping and development in Central Africa,” the Ambassador said. “However, in recent times, the country has been facing some challenges.
As a good partner, friend and brother, we support all efforts by Cameroon to preserve peace, stability, security and development. We are convinced that Cameroonians are wise and able enough to tackle their internal affairs,” he noted. In his toast, the Chinese diplomat expressed the wish to see peace, stability and security return to all parts of the country; the people being able to live and work in peace and dignity without violence and intimidation, and that Cameroon will experience great success in its efforts to become an emergent nation by 2035.
Wang Yingwu expressed hope that the October 7, 2018 presidential election will hold in good and happy conditions. Meanwhile, cooperation between Cameroon and China has been in the spheres of politics, economy, culture, military and social matters, he said. This year, the site was chosen for the construction by China for free of a new National Assembly building for Cameroon.
Other projects in the country being funded and executed by China include the Yaounde- Douala, Yaounde-Nsimalen and the Kribi Deep Seaport motorways; the national computer network for higher education, water supply to Yaounde from River Sanaga, etc. Wang Yingwu recalled that the 28th Fleet of the Chinese Navy visited the country this year, while Chinese experts are in Kribi in preparation for the donation of a floating dockyard to Cameroon.
Also this year, 117 Cameroonians received scholarships from the Chinese government and Confucius Institute. In the coming days, the Yinchuan Arts Theatre Group from China’s Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region will be performing in Cameroon, he announced.
After offering 6 million US dollars (3.3 billion FCFA) for refugees and internally-displaced people in Cameroon through the World Food Programme, China this year donated humanitarian assistance to people in the North West and South West Regions.