ADDIS ABABA, (Xinhua) --
Having expressed the conviction that their
partnership is an example of solidarity among peoples based on
mutual respect and benefits, the African Union (AU) and China
have vowed to further strengthen their partnership.
The chairperson of the AU Commission, Moussa Faki Mahamat, on
Friday concluded a two-day visit to China at the invitation of
the Chinese foreign minister, Wang Yi.
The chairperson on Thursday held a meeting with Wang, followed
by strategic dialogue consultations between the AU Commission
and China, according to a statement from the pan-African bloc on
The AU Commission chairperson on Friday met with Chinese State
Councillor Wang Yong, while members of the AU delegation visited
the Chinese Center for Disease Control and Prevention and the
Huawei Beijing Executive Briefing Center.
The meetings with the Chinese interlocutors have provided an
opportunity to review various aspects of the partnership and
agree on steps to enhance it, in furtherance of the first
10-year implementation plan of the AU Agenda 2063 and the UN
Agenda 2030, the statement.
The two sides have reaffirmed their commitment to promoting
multilateralism and the role of the United Nations against the
backdrop of evolving and complex global challenges.
They have expressed the conviction that their partnership is an
example of solidarity among peoples based on mutual respect and
benefits, noting that Africa and China together represent more
than one-third of humanity and share a history of external
this respect, the AU Commission delegation has reiterated its
gratitude to China for its support to the liberation of the
continent, the statement said.
They have also agreed to proactively work toward a better
representation of Africa in the international system, including
in the UN Security Council, as part of a new global governance
According to the statement, China has welcomed the planned
establishment of an AU Office in Beijing to ensure effective and
timely follow-up of the China-Africa partnership, and committed
to supporting the setting up of the office.
This representation will also support the work of the African
Group of Ambassadors in Beijing, to ensure alignment with AU
positions, said the statement, recalling that China has
established a permanent mission to the AU since 2015.
The two sides have also discussed China’s support to the AU
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), and
China agreed to expedite the construction and equipping of the
Africa CDC, within the framework of the five-year strategic plan
developed by the Africa CDC in collaboration with international
partners, including China.
The Africa CDC was launched in 2017, with support from China and
the United States, and in its short lifespan, it has made
commendable contributions, including technical support to member
states in response to outbreaks of infectious diseases, the
The two sides have also commended the results achieved within
the Forum on Africa-China Cooperation (FOCAC), and looked
forward to the Fourth FOCAC Summit scheduled to take place in
Beijing in September 2018.
They have acknowledged the important role of the AU Commission,
and agreed to work together in further strengthening the
China hailed the launch of the Single African Air Transport
Market during the AU summit of January 2018, acknowledging the
anticipated increase in the volume of air traffic, flight
operations and emergence of new routes.
China has agreed to support Africa’s efforts, largely through
investing in the development and operation of aviation
The two sides have also underlined the need to significantly
scale up air connections between China and Africa, which would
include promoting an open skies agreement, which would allow
carriers of both sides wider access to their respective markets
and support the increase in the number of Chinese tourists to