BEIJING, (Xinhua) --
There will be no weakening in China’s support for
Africa no matter how the international situation or world
economy may evolve, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said Wednesday.
China and Africa
have a shared future and their cooperation is like mutual help
between brothers, Wang told a press conference on the sidelines
of the national legislature’s annual session.
China announced 60
billion U.S. dollars funding support for Africa at the summit of
the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in December 2015 held in
South Africa’s Johannesburg.
China also rolled
out 10 major plans to boost cooperation with Africa at the
summit. The plans cover the areas of industrialization,
agricultural modernization, infrastructure, financial services,
green development, trade and investment facilitation, poverty
reduction and public welfare, public health, people-to-people
exchanges, and peace and security.
China-Africa cooperation is that China always keeps its words,”
Wang said, adding that so far nearly half of the promised
funding support has been disbursed or arranged.
Wang said the
outcomes of the Johannesburg summit are being implemented in a
swift and all-round way, including railway projects in Ethiopia,
Djibouti and Kenya, as well as a special economic zone in the
Republic of Congo, an integrated port development project in
Tanzania and a number of industrial parks across Africa.
Africa’s needs, China-Africa cooperation is undergoing three
shifts, namely from government-driven to market-driven, from
trading goods to cooperation on production capacity, and from
engineering contracts to capital investment and operations.
“The shifts will
provide new momentum and opportunities for Africa’s sustainable
development,” Wang said.
“We need to speed up
work and undertake more cooperation projects,” the foreign
Just as China was
Africa’s most sincere friend in its quest for national
independence and liberation, so China will be Africa’s most
reliable partner in speeding up industrialization and
agricultural modernization, and boosting its capacity for
home-grown development, Wang added.