On 9th November, Yentyl Williams, ACP YPN Founder and President discussed EU-China security cooperation in Africa with the Friends of Europe (FoE). This marked the launch of the FoE discussion paper, ‘EU, China and Africa: new thinking for a secure century’. The debate was moderated by Shada Islam, Director of Policy at FoE and included José Fernando Costa Pereira, Policy Adviser at the European External Action Service (EEAS) Directorate for Africa and Xumin Zhang, Political Counsellor at the Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the EU.
Yentyl’s main message was that 1) African solutions are needed for African problems and 2) ‘Africa is not a country’ but this new era of South-South and triangular cooperation does offer many opportunities for a secure century – however this must be based in trade and not merely security. Xumin Zhang explained, “We support peaceful resolutions to security issues on the continent and are encouraging countries, regional organisations, and the African Union to solve regional issues through African means.” José Fernando Costa Pereira said, “Chinese and European interests in Africa are converging (…) particularly in the areas of peace and security. We believe that these common interests provide us with a broader scope for trilateral cooperation between China, the EU, and African partners.”
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