CHINA and Africa have adopted ‘community with shared future’ declaration and an action plan for the next three years, all focusing on elevating relations between the two sides into strategic partnership.
During the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit 2018, which ended here on Tuesday evening, the partners also agreed to align the Belt and Road Initiative with the development plans of individual African nations to bring more opportunities for the continent’s growth and prosperity.
Head of States and leaders from 53 African countries attended the summit, with Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa representing Tanzania.
The adopted action plan covers all areas of cooperation between China and Africa, including a range of issues like joint construction of the Belt and Road as well as global and regional issues of concern to all sides.
According to the combined declaration seen by the ‘Daily News’, China and Africa, among others, have agreed to cement collective dialogue, traditional friendship and pragmatic cooperation as well as jointly safeguard the multi-lateral trading system and support global development.
Chinese President Xi Jinping, speaking immediately after the official closing ceremony of the event, said China is fully committed to support African countries in their efforts to strengthen inter-connectivity.
He said at a joint press conference with South Africa and Senegalese Presidents Cyril Ramaphosa and Macky Sall, respectively, that China and African leaders have reached consensus on all important issues and have spoken with a common voice.
He called on African governments to diligently work with China to make the forum stronger and more pragmatic and efficiently implement the outcomes of the Beijing Summit for the benefit of Africans and Chinese.
“We will boost cooperation in facilitating trade and investment, sharing of policy, information and capacity build up,” he said, adding that more efforts will also be put in sharing lessons learned in poverty relief and development.
He stated that the summit focused on the theme of winwin cooperation and joining hands to build the shared community, reaching consensus on cooperation, aligning development strategies and advocating for China-Africa common development.
“Members at the summit agreed to build the community featuring joint responsibility, win-win cooperation, shared happiness, cultural prosperity, common security and harmony between man and nature,” president Xi noted. South Africa’s Ramaphosa, the co-chair of the just concluded summit, expressed gratitude for China’s upholding of justice in global affairs and safeguarding the interests of developing nations.
He said FOCAC sends clear and strong signals that China and Africa were heading to a new height of enhanced cooperation, hailing the former for her non-interference of internal affairs of African countries.
Mr Ramaphosa noted that African countries vowed to continue adhering to the One- China principle and support country’s re-unification.
The South African leader further said that African nations were ready to eagerly participate in the China International Impo Expo slated for early November in Shanghai.
“We have also agreed to support China’s hosting of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation next year,” he said.