The Chairman of the China-Togo Friendship Association (AACT), Yao Bloua Agbo, has hailed China’s relationship with Togo, saying the Asian country has a better understanding of Africa than other great powers.
Speaking in an interview with Xinhua News Agency, the former Togolese ambassador to China said the mutually beneficial relationship that his country enjoys with China was a driving force for the latter’s development agenda.
“What impresses me in the China-Togo cooperation is the philosophy of China,” Agbo said.
“On this basis, China has a better understanding of us than other countries. It adopted a win-win based policy of cooperation that is not at all exploitation. I know that with this principle we will move forward.”
Agbo served as Togo’s ambassador to China from 1979 to 1982 and again from 1987 to 1997.
He said his duration of service in China enabled him to witness the “difficult and exceptional” periods of China, stressing that China is sharing its development experience with African countries through a win-win cooperation.
He noted that in just a few decades, China had leaped from being an underdeveloped country to become the world’s second-largest economy.
As the relationship between China and Africa continues to grown from strength to strength, Agbo is confident there is still more to be gained by both sides.
The former ambassador’s remarks come ahead of the celebrations to mark the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, which falls on October 1st.
Various events have been organized across the world to honor the feat.