Chinese FM proposes building Sino-African community with a shared future-Xinhua

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Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chairs the meeting of coordinators to implement the follow-up to the 8 Feb. 18, 2022. (Xinhua/Yue Yuewei)

BEIJING, Aug. 18 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a proposal to build a Sino-African community with a shared future in the new era at a meeting Thursday, highlighting progress in Sino-African cooperation were checked.

Last November, the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was held in Dakar, Senegal, where China announced it would implement nine programs jointly with African countries, showing its continued commitment to Africa and the ongoing momentum demonstrated the Sino-African cooperation.

At the coordinators’ meeting on Thursday to implement the results of the 8th Ministerial Conference, held in virtual format, Wang said China and Africa have implemented the results together with good progress and brought tangible benefits to the African people.

China and Africa have worked with absolute sincerity to uphold international fairness and justice, advance infrastructure construction to facilitate Africa’s industrialization, jointly tackle the global food crisis and the COVID-19 pandemic, achieve sustainable development through clean energy cooperation and the to advance climate change response and promote regional peace and stability, Wang said.

Noting that this year marks the 20th anniversary of the founding of the African Union (AU), Wang said China and Africa should join forces more closely to pursue common development and revitalization, and earnestly build a Sino-African community with a common future to build up in the new epoch.

He then presented a five-point proposal:

First, both sides should uphold the principle of sincerity, real results, friendship and good faith, and strengthen unity and mutual support. China stands ready to work with Africa to advance the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence, practice true multilateralism, and jointly protect the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.

Second, both sides should strive for common development. China will also continue to play an active role in building major infrastructures in Africa, further increasing imports from Africa, supporting the growth of Africa’s agriculture and manufacturing industries, and expanding cooperation in emerging industries.

Third, both sides should pledge independence and jointly promote regional peace. China will continue to support African solutions to African problems, oppose external interference in African countries’ internal affairs, and oppose the creation of confrontations and conflicts in Africa.

Fourth, both sides should uphold the traditional friendship and promote people-to-people exchanges. China stands ready to overcome the difficulties caused by the pandemic and help return African students who previously studied in China. China supports think tanks, media, non-governmental organizations, youth and women from both sides to strengthen exchanges and cooperation.

Fifth, both sides should adhere to openness and win-win cooperation, to promote the sound development of international cooperation with Africa.

The meeting was attended by Aissata Tall Sall, Foreign Minister of Senegal, the African co-chair country of FOCAC, as well as representatives of African sub-regions and the AU Commission, as well as diplomatic envoys from African countries in China.

They reiterated their adherence to the principles of international fairness and justice and non-interference in internal affairs, their adherence to the one-China principle, and their firm support for China’s efforts to uphold national sovereignty and territorial integrity.

The African side is willing to work with China to further strengthen the construction of forum mechanisms and promote the continuous improvement of Sino-African cooperation, the African diplomats said.

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