On 3 November, 2006, commenced in Beijing the third China-Africa summit - the
largest diplomatic meeting organised by China -, ending two days later with a truly outstanding outcome and many commitments:
In January this year, China published its first official document concerning African
politics, which proposes a relationship formula based on association and exchange
aimed at development and explicitly excluding interference in internal affairs.
Beijing presents its progress in Africa as a development model for poor countries (many of them consider its success as an incentive to escape poverty) without neither imposing nor claiming political or economic reforms to have access to its technical or economic aid.
This way, China stands out, in the eyes of African states, as a more attractive world power than the US or the European Union.