Beijing: Beijing will work actively to support the African Union’s (AU) accession to the G20, as well as its playing bigger role in global governance, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Mao Ning said on Thursday.
Earlier in the day, Bloomberg reported, citing sources, that the G20 countries had agreed to grant permanent membership status to the AU, and that the decision would be announced during the G20’s summit in India, September 9-10.
“China is the first country that explicitly expressed its support for the African Union’s membership in the G20. At the China-Africa Leaders’ Dialogue last month, President Xi Jinping again stressed that China will work actively to support the AU’s full membership in the G20. China and the AU are important partners in building a high-level China-Africa community with a shared future and safeguarding international fairness and justice. China supports the AU in playing a bigger role in global governance,” Mao said during a briefing.
The AU is a continental union with 55 member states located on the African continent. The bloc was founded on May 26, 2001. With the African Union’s accession to the G20, it will become the second regional bloc to have joined the forum after the European Union, who has been a full member since the foundation.