Chinese Premier Li Keqiang, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, visits the Zhangjiang AIsland during an inspection tour in Shanghai, east China, July 23, 2019. Li made the inspection tour in Shanghai from Monday to Tuesday. (Xinhua/Rao Aimin)

SHANGHAI, July 23 (Xinhua) -- Premier Li Keqiang has called for greater efforts in expanding reform and opening-up to boost development and improve people's livelihoods.

Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China Central Committee, made the remarks during an inspection tour in Shanghai from Monday to Tuesday.

(Beijing, 25 June 2019)

To jointly advance the implementation of the follow-up actions of the FOCAC Beijing Summit, Coordinators from the People's Republic of China, 53 African countries and the African Union Commission held a meeting of Coordinators in Beijing on 25 June 2019.

Both sides applauded the great success and the far-reaching historical significance of the FOCAC Beijing Summit convened from 3 to 4 September 2018. Both sides highly commended China's policy toward Africa and new measures for China-Africa cooperation underpinned by the eight major initiatives and associated financing totaling US$60 billion,articulated by President Xi Jinping of the People's Republic of China at the Summit, and measures manifested in the FOCAC Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021). Both sides decided to work together on the follow-up actions of the Summit under the principles embodied in the Beijing Declaration, engage in Belt and Road cooperation, deepen and elevate China-Africa cooperation, and work toward an even stronger China-Africa community with a shared future. The two sides have agreed on the following:

1. Both sides commend the initiative by China and Senegal, co-chairs of the FOCAC, to hold this Coordinators' Meeting and reaffirm the commitment of China and Africa to implementing the follow-up actions of the Beijing Summit, to seeking greater complementarity between China-Africa Belt and Road cooperation and Agenda 2063 of the African Union (AU), the development strategies of African countries and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations. Together, the two sides will work toward a China-Africa community with a shared future that features joint responsibility, win-win cooperation, happiness for all, common cultural prosperity, common security, and harmonious co-existence.

2. Both sides welcome important cooperation outcomes and early harvests achieved by the two sides following the FOCAC Beijing Summit. Both sides express their readiness to step up cooperation in such areas as infrastructure development, industry partnering, and trade and investment, to tap into their cooperation potential in green development, capacity building, health, people-to-people exchanges, and peace and security, and to improve the structure of cooperation for the greater benefit of both peoples.

3. Noting the profound changes in the global landscape and the complex external environment facing China-Africa relations, the two sides commit themselves to multilateralism and free trade, opposing protectionism and unilateralism, safeguarding the UN-centered international system, and working together toward a community with a shared future for mankind, thus making greater contribution to world peace and development.

4. The African side congratulates China on the successful hosting of the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, and speaks highly of President Xi's emphasis on promoting high-quality Belt and Road cooperation under the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits and that of open, green and clean cooperation to foster a global partnership of connectivity with high-standard, people-centered and sustainable cooperation, as such cooperation has provided more opportunities for Africa to engage in international cooperation and improve people's lives. China welcomes Africa's active participation in Belt and Road cooperation which will lend fresh impetus to win-win cooperation and common development of China and Africa.

5. China commends, respects and supports Africa for progress made in the implementation of Agenda 2063 key flagship Projects, in particular the entry into force of the African Continental Free Trade Area, which marks a historical milestone on the path to Africa's regional integration imperative.

6. The African side commends China's commitment to the principle of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith and that of pursuing the greater good and shared interests in its cooperation with African countries, believing that the four-point commitment and the "five-no" approach put forward by China at the FOCAC Beijing Summit speak volumes about the defining features of China-Africa relations, i.e. solidarity and cooperation, and point out a right path for international cooperation with Africa. The Chinese side commends African commitment to continuing to foster a closer relationship based on mutual trust and win-win cooperation. Acting on the above-mentioned principles and approaches, and with a commitment to common, efficient, green, safe and open development, the two sides will strengthen their strategic guidance and deepen the coordination of policies, mechanisms, and their cooperation:

- The two sides will be guided by the strategic vision of building an even stronger China-Africa community with a shared future. The two sides will fully implement the strategic common understandings reached between Chinese and African leaders during the Beijing Summit, maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, and enhance strategic communication and experience-sharing on governance, with a view to elevating China-Africa comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership.

- The two sides will strengthen coordination on policies and mechanisms at the bilateral and multilateral levels. To deliver the follow-up actions of the Beijing Summit, the two sides will further improve policy measures, formulate and advance national plans, and provide policy support for the eight major initiatives and the FOCAC Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021). Both sides will enhance the institution building of FOCAC, continue to make good use of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of FOCAC, and welcome the establishment and improvement of follow-up implementation mechanisms on the African side in the next few years. Together, the two sides will ensure efficient, results-oriented and smooth implementation of the follow-up actions of the Beijing Summit.

- The two sides will work for greater synergies in market development, project cooperation and intellectual support. China and Africa will seek greater complementarity among their strengths in finance, technology, equipment, production capacity, human resources, market potential, energy, and natural resources. China will continue to support Africa in building free trade zones, special economic zones and industrial parks, provide assistance in the areas of trade, industrialization, SMEs development, entrepreneurship development, and high-quality data of the digital age, encourage competent and well-qualified Chinese companies to invest in Africa, strengthening partnerships through joint-ventures and cooperation with African private sector, and welcome African companies to invest in China. Both sides will encourage their companies to strengthen project cooperation in accordance with market principles, in pursuit of economic and social benefits, in line with the actual capacity of African countries, and based on clearly-defined responsibilities. Both sides will further promote the exchanges between Governments, legislatures, political parties, young people, women, think tanks and NGOs in order to foster a good environment for China-Africa friendship and cooperation. The Chinese side is ready to increase technological transfer and training, encourage innovation cooperation and regional value chains development, support African countries in cultivating more technical, industrial and management professionals, and promote people-centered and sustainable partnership between China and Africa. Both sides will take the particularity and vulnerability of Small Island Developing States into consideration while implement the outcomes of FOCAC Beijing Summit.

7. The two sides share the view that China-Africa friendship is built on a solid foundation and growing from strength to strength, that China-Africa cooperation is results-oriented, efficient and fruitful, that FOCAC is running well and setting the pace for international cooperation with Africa, and that nothing could stop the pursuit for win-win cooperation and common development by China and Africa or undermine their determination to stay united in their cooperation.

8. Both sides welcome continued contribution by the international community to African-led efforts in promoting peace and development in Africa through bilateral, trilateral or multilateral cooperation leveraging the strengths of relevant stakeholders on the basis of equality, mutual benefit and mutual respect.

9. The African side expresses its appreciation to relevant Chinese authorities for successfully organizing this pragmatic and fruitful Coordinators' Meeting. FrontPage04072019.

 

Beijing, 25 June 2019

Your Excellency President Yoweri Museveni,

Your Excellency Foreign Minister Amadou Ba,

African Brothers and Sisters,

It gives me great pleasure to attend the opening ceremony of the Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. It is such a delight to once again meet with so many old and good friends from Africa who have come all the way to Beijing for this event.

H.E. Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China, attaches great importance to this meeting and has sent a congratulatory message. It is my honor to read the message from President Xi as follows:

On the occasion of the opening of the Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the FOCAC Beijing Summit, I would like to extend warm congratulations and brotherly greetings to leaders of the African members of FOCAC and the African Union (AU).

The FOCAC Beijing Summit successfully held last September stands as a milestone in the history of China-Africa relations. Chinese and African leaders agreed, at the Summit, to synergize their Belt and Road cooperation with the AU's Agenda 2063 and the development strategies of individual African countries, to build a China-Africa community with a shared future that features joint responsibility, win-win cooperation, happiness for all, common cultural prosperity, common security, and harmonious co-existence, and to jointly deliver on the eight major initiatives for China-Africa cooperation, thus drawing up a new blueprint for taking China-Africa relations to greater heights. I am delighted to see that our two sides have been working together actively to follow through on the outcomes of the Summit, and have produced a number of satisfying "early harvests" that have brought tangible benefits to the Chinese and African people.

The world today is marked by changes unseen in a century and the collective rise of developing countries. Cooperation between China and Africa and our shared development will contribute significantly to building the strength of developing countries and to fostering a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind. I hope our two sides, guided by the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, will seize this Coordinators' Meeting as a new opportunity to increase communication and synergy, deepen unity and cooperation, and strive for concrete progress in the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Beijing Summit and in Belt and Road cooperation, thus enhancing the wellbeing of the 2.6 billion Chinese and African people, and contributing to an even stronger China-Africa community with a shared future.

I wish this Coordinators' Meeting a great success.

Xi Jinping

President of the People's Republic of China

Beijing, 25 June 2019

This congratulatory message from President Xi speaks volumes about the profound friendship cherished by President Xi toward countries and peoples in Africa, and demonstrates the Chinese government's strong desire to take forward its friendship and cooperation with Africa. This message clearly spelt out what we should achieve at the meeting, and pointed the way forward for both sides to promote the long-term development of China-Africa relations.

African Brothers and Sisters,

Thanks to our joint efforts, the FOCAC Beijing Summit held last September was a great success, ushering the China-Africa relationship into a new era of comprehensive strategic partnership. At this new historical starting point, we must follow up on the summit outcomes across the board and work toward a stronger China-Africa community with a shared future. This is what the 2.6 billion Chinese and African people aspire for; it is a lofty mission that we, China and Africa, must fulfill together.

Last year's successful summit has given rise to a new boom in China-Africa exchanges and cooperation. The implementation of the summit outcomes is in full swing. High-level engagement has never been closer, with 17 state and party leaders from the Chinese side visiting 25 African countries and the AU Headquarters. We now enjoy enhanced mutual political trust, deepened exchanges on governance and closer communication and coordination on international affairs. Collaboration on the Belt and Road Initiative is gathering pace, with cooperation documents signed between China and 40 African countries and the AU Commission. The Dialogue on the Implementation of China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative was held and the China-Africa Institute inaugurated.

The implementation of the eight major initiatives for China-Africa cooperation is off to a good start. In light of our respective capabilities and Africa's practical needs, we have jointly formulated country-specific lists, according to which more than 880 projects will be carried out in the coming three years. Major projects supported by grants or concessional loans from China are making steady progress. Last year, two-way trade again exceeded US$200 billion, making China Africa's largest trading partner for the tenth straight year.

It is heartening to see that the follow-up actions have produced early and high-quality results overall, and made a visible difference for the livelihood of local communities. As such, they have been widely welcomed by African countries.

African Brothers and Sisters,

We live at a time when changes unseen in a century are taking place. One of the defining changes has been the fact that a large number of developing countries, including China and African countries, have entered the historical phase of fast development. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. The Communist Party of China, after seven decades of arduous struggle, has successfully embarked on a path of socialism with Chinese characteristics and achieved enormous national development. Today, under the guidance of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, we in China will stay committed to our original aspirations, and continue to strive for the great rejuvenation of the Chinese nation. In doing so, we will keep to the path of peaceful development, deepen reforms, expand opening-up and pursue high-quality Belt and Road cooperation with a view to promoting a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind.

I wish to underscore here to our African friends that no matter how the international situation evolves, we in China will continue to follow the principles advocated by President Xi, namely the principle of sincerity, real results, amity and good faith and that of pursuing the greater good and shared interests. We will stand unswervingly with Africa and other developing countries to safeguard the common interests of African and other developing countries.

China and Africa have always been a community with a shared future. We share similar sufferings and struggle in our histories, and are faced with the same tasks of development. We fought together for national liberation and political independence. We joined hands in developing our countries and achieving independent development. We cherish the same vision for a multipolar world and greater democracy in international relations. China-Africa cooperation is a manifestation of mutual understanding between brothers and mutual support between friends, and sets a fine example as a pioneer of South-South cooperation. China values its relations with Africa; it respects and supports Africa. China never goes after selfish geo-political gains in Africa, and never imposes its own will on others. China's approach to cooperation with Africa has been entirely different from that of traditional powers.

For some time, however, some outside forces have attempted to vilify and undermine China-Africa cooperation by fabricating the so-called "neo-colonialism" and "debt trap". This is totally groundless, and has been utterly rejected by the African people. Such attempts expose a total lack of respect for Africa, lack of understanding about China, and absence of knowledge about the time-tested, genuine friendship between China and Africa. We believe that facts speak louder than words, and justice lies in everyone's heart. It is the Chinese and African peoples that are in the best position to tell whether China-Africa cooperation is beneficial.

African Brothers and Sisters,

For China-Africa cooperation in the new era, a blueprint has been drawn and it now all comes down to implementation. China will work with Africa to deliver on its commitment with concrete and effective actions, and fully and effectively implement the agreements and outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing Summit. Over the past three days, I met separately and had detailed discussions with each and every one of the over 20 African foreign ministers attending the Coordinators' Meeting. We reached important consensus in the following four areas:

First, we need to keep to the fundamental direction of building a China-Africa community with a shared future. China and Africa need to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, enhance experience sharing on governance and elevate the China-Africa comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership to a new level. China will firmly support African countries in upholding sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, exploring the development path suited to their national conditions, and safeguarding peace and stability in the region. And China supports the efforts of the AU to seek greater strength through unity. China will work with our African brothers in a pioneering effort of building a community with a shared future for mankind, and provide new impetus to global peace and development.

Second, we need to remain committed to jointly developing the Belt and Road Initiative. The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, successfully held in Beijing in April this year, has set out the direction for high-quality Belt and Road cooperation. China will follow the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, strengthen the synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative, the eight major initiatives and the development strategies of African countries, and channel more resources of Belt and Road cooperation to Africa. We need to further tap the market potential and share development opportunities with each other. This will help Africa convert its resource endowments into development strengths to achieve true economic independence after winning political independence. We need to take forward project cooperation based on market principles to ensure real economic and social benefits. We need to effectively advance the feasibility study, planning, execution and operation of projects to make sure that they truly improve African countries' capacity for self-driven and sustainable development. We need to solidify the intellectual foundation, learn from each other, and support Africa in training more professionals. We need to pursue cooperation in emerging sectors and embrace the technological revolution so that African people will also benefit from the latest achievements of human progress.

Third, we need to uphold the just cause of multilateralism. Against the backdrop of rising unilateralism and protectionism, resurgent Cold-War mentality and talk of clash of civilizations, we, China and Africa, need to unequivocally uphold the UN Charter and the basic norms governing international relations, and take a clear stand against unilateralism, protectionism and bullyism in all manifestations. By doing so, we will be safeguarding not only our own legitimate development rights, but also the common interests of all developing countries and emerging economies, and, for that matter, we will be upholding international fairness and justice. We must never allow the law of the jungle to rule the world, nor should we accept the zero-sum game that puts the weak at the mercy of the strong. Our world in the 21st century must march forward with courage rather than move backward. All countries living in this global village need to work together like passengers in the same boat, rather than sail against the current of our times.

Fourth, we need to promote the spirit of equal and open cooperation. Colonization has been ended once and for all. Africa belongs to the people of Africa. The African continent is the common homeland for the 1.3 billion African people, not a sphere of influence for any major country. We call on all countries to engage and embrace Africa on the basis of equality and with an open mind. China-Africa cooperation, as part of the international cooperation with Africa, not only contributes to the common development of China and Africa, but also catalyzes greater international cooperation with Africa. By leveraging such catalytic role of its cooperation with Africa, China will encourage other members of the international community to increase investment in Africa. China will also work with other countries to pool our strengths to help African countries fasten development and rejuvenation, and make life more colorful and rewarding for the African people.

African Brothers and Sisters,

All countries are entitled to development and progress, a right that both the Chinese and African peoples are exercising in our abiding pursuit of the Chinese Dream and the African Dream with our own efforts and through international cooperation. At the FOCAC Beijing Summit, President Xi Jinping articulated the principles guiding China's cooperation and relations with Africa. A "four-uphold" approach in pursuing cooperation with Africa: uphold sincerity, friendship and equality, uphold common interests while putting friendship first, uphold a people-oriented approach in pursuing practical cooperation with efficiency, and uphold openness and inclusiveness. And a "five-no" approach in our relations with Africa: no interference in African countries' pursuit of development path that fits their national conditions; no interference in African countries' internal affairs; no imposition of our will on African countries; no attachment of political strings to assistance to Africa; and no seeking of selfish political gains in investment and financing cooperation with Africa.

These principles represent a rock-solid promise that we intend to keep with concrete effort. No interference will weaken our resolve to strengthen cooperation with Africa, nor will any obstacle stop China and Africa from working together for rejuvenation.

Last but not least, over the past two days, nearly every African foreign minister I met congratulated China on the successful election of Dr. Qu Dongyu as Director-General of the FAO. They were so happy and excited as if a member of their family had been elected. China understands that its success is attributable to the support of other countries, and in particular, the most staunch support from Africa. I wish to take this opportunity to express my most sincere thanks to all of you and to all our African brothers and sisters. From now on, there will be one more good friend of Africa in the UN agencies. As Director-General, Dr. Qu will surely serve the global agenda of the FAO. At the same time, the fact that he comes from the largest developing country, a country that understands Africa, has given us confidence that the FAO will make even greater contribution to helping Africa achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and address its challenges on food security and agricultural development.

In conclusion, I wish this meeting a full success. FrontPage04072019.

Thank you!

 

 

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held meeting on June 23rd Sunday with Sierra Leone delegation headed by Sierra Leone minister of foreign affairs Nabeela Tunis, who are in Beijing attending the Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit Outcomes.

In talks with Tunis, hailing the two countries as "good friends and good brothers", Wang called on the two sides to continue to firmly support each other on issues concerning each others' core interests and major concerns, strengthen alignment of the Belt and Road Initiative and the eight major initiatives proposed at the FOCAC Beijing Summit with Sierra Leone's medium-term national development plan, and beef up cooperation on infrastructure, agriculture and fishery, health care, communication, and capacity building.

Tunis said, Sierra Leone supports Africa and China to deepen partnership and is ready to strengthen communication and coordination with China on implementing the sustainable development goals of the 2030 Agenda, the Paris Agreement on climate change, and reform of the global governance system.

53 countries in Africa have sent high-level delegations to the coordinators' meeting, including 25 foreign ministers. The move fully reflected the importance that the African side attaches to the China-Africa ties and the unbreakable solidarity and friendship between the two sides.

The FOCAC Beijing Summit was held with great success in September 2018, bringing China-Africa relations to a historical high. After the conclusion of the summit, China and African countries worked closely with each other to implement our leaders' consensus and outcomes reached at the summit, achieving important progress and reaping early harvests. As the international landscape undergoes profound and complicated changes, the two sides both believe it necessary to have a coordinators' meeting to communicate over implementation and steer China-Africa cooperation along the direction of high-quality and sustainable development. Through this meeting, the outcomes of the summit will be translated into more benefits to the people and show the strong will and firm resolve to strengthen solidarity and cooperation, uphold multilateralism and build a closer China-Africa community with a shared future.FrontPage 27062019.