China is the first country to support the AU in joining the G20 and supports a greater role for the AU and African countries in the global governance system.
According to Jinkang Wu, an advisory panel member of the Africa-China Centre for Policy and Advisory, the AU joining the G20 is a significant gesture in boosting Africa-China cooperation geopolitically.
He made this known during a Sino-African voice interaction with the Africa-China Centre for Policy and Advisory.
The Africa-China Centre for Policy and Advisory is a Sino-African research and policy think tank and advisory firm headquartered in Accra, Ghana.
The Sino-African Voices is a series of Q&As on broader issues regarding Africa-China economic, social, and political cooperation.
According to Jinkang Wu, for the AU to join the G20, it would not only enable African countries to play a bigger role in the international arena but would also help raise the economic position of the African continent.
He stated that an economically stronger Africa would certainly help augment both the scope and level of cooperation between Africa and China. Once the African countries as a whole have reached the economic level of upper-middle-income countries, the trade volume between the two sides will increase beyond our imagination.
He further added that multipolarization is a global trend that no force can prevent from happening.
“The developing world is traditionally composed of countries from Asia (a large part of it), Africa and Latin America, and the rising of Africa would help strengthen the position of the developing south, and the world would become more balanced both in terms of geopolitical pattern and economic development, and therefore a more secured and safer place for mankind.”