China has refused the participation of the leaders of Algeria-backed Polisario Front at the Second China-Africa Forum Summit to be held Thursday in Johannesburg.

Morocco will be present at the summit represented by its Foreign Minister, Salaheddine Mezouar, according to Yabiladi news.

In line with their neutral position on the question of the so-called Western Sahara, Chinese authorities have decided to exclude the presence of the Polisario movement at the summit for Cooperation between China and African countries.

The summit is taking place in South Africa, but China, a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, has set its own conditions on top of the rules of the summit.

According to the same source, to avoid pressure from Algeria and South Africa, the Asian country decided to only include countries with which it maintain diplomatic relations. China does not recognize the self-proclaimed Polisario’s Saharawi Arab Diplomatic Republic, and has no diplomatic relations with the separatist movement.

This is not the first time the Polisario is excluded from an international event in which the African Union is one the main participants. Last October, the Polisario was removed from the list of participants at the Third India-Africa Summit in New Delhi.

The First China-Africa Forum of entrepreneurs was held in Marrakech from 27 to 30 November.

03/12/2015