China supports the African Union (AU) in playing a bigger role in African & International Affairs on the occasion of Moussa Faki Mahamat’s reelection as AU Chairman, said Foreign Ministry Spokesman in Beijing.

Spokesman Wang Wenbin made the remarks in response to a query on Moussa Faki Mahamat securing a four-year second term as the Chairman of the AU Commission.

Mahamat was re-elected by African leaders as part of the 34th Ordinary Session of the Assembly of the AU, which kicked off virtually on Saturday.

In response, Wang said that China wishes Chairman Faki greater success in his second term as the chairman of the AU Commission.

“China congratulates Mr Faki on his reelection as Chairman of the African Union Commission. It fully attests to African countries’ trust in and recognition of Mr Faki’s work. State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi have sent a congratulatory message to him on behalf of the Chinese side. We wish Chairman Faki greater achievement in his second term,” said Wang.

“The AU serves to rally states on the continent to seek strength through solidarity. In recent years, the AU has been upholding multilateralism, promoting peace, development and integration in Africa, and coordinating African countries in fighting COVID-19.

In all these aspects, it has achieved notable progress and demonstrated important influence in regional and international affairs. China extends its congratulations on this,” he said.

“We attach high importance to developing relations with the AU, take it as a major partner in advancing China-Africa friendly cooperative ties, and firmly support it in playing a bigger role in African and international affairs.

We stand ready to have closer communication and coordination with it and to deepen solidarity and cooperation in such areas as promoting peace and development in Africa, jointly advancing the Belt & Road Initiative (BRI), fighting COVID-19 and defending international equity and justice.

Together, we hope to forge a closer China-Africa community with a shared future and safeguard developing countries’ shared interests,” he added.