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Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesman Responds to Ghana Finance Minister’s Request for Debt Relief

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian. Photo via Xinhua.

The Chinese government provided its first comment regarding the appeals for African debt relief. Foreign Ministry Spokesman Zhao Lijian addressed the issue at his regular press briefing in Beijing on Tuesday:

REUTERS CORRESPONDENT: “First question, there was a call yesterday led by a UK-based group called Jubilee Debt Campaign. Over 140 groups signed on to their call urging the G20 to help the poorest countries by canceling debt payments including for some African countries. Given China’s participation in the G20, would China be willing to give that relief? Second question, the Ghana finance minister said that he feels China has to come on stronger on debt relief. Does China have any specific plans to offer debt relief to African countries?”

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