BEIJING, (Xinhua) --
The upcoming Beijing Summit of the Forum on
China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will kick-start a new journey
for China-Africa relations.
Themed “China and
Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future
through Win-Win Cooperation,” the summit is expected to
invigorate joint efforts to build a community with a shared
future for humanity.
China and Africa
have shared weal and woe, and see their future as interwoven,
which sustains the lasting resolve of the two sides to cooperate
and act on a great vision.
As a key platform
for the collective dialogue and cooperation between China and
African countries, the FOCAC has become a model of South-South
cooperation and a banner of international cooperation with
Africa since its establishment in 2000.
Over the past 18
years, achievements have been made in political, economic and
people-to-people exchanges between China and Africa, especially
after the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit in 2015.
Trade volume between
China and Africa increased by 17 times between 2000 and 2017.
China’s investments in Africa have also grown significantly.
A number of major
Chinese-assisted infrastructure projects, including the
Ethiopia-Djibouti railway and Kenya’s standard gauge railway
from Mombasa to Nairobi, are examples of the tangible benefits
brought by China-Africa cooperation.
plans announced during the previous FOCAC conferences and their
effective implementation have given a great boost to economic
and social development in Africa, winning recognition from both
African people and the international community.
They also give
people from both sides strong confidence in the future of
China-Africa friendship and cooperation.
At the upcoming
summit, the two sides are expected to further align the summit’s
theme with the Belt and Road Initiative, the United Nations 2030
Agenda for Sustainable Development, the African Union’s Agenda
2063 and the development strategies of individual African
In keeping with the
policy of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith,
there is no doubt that the Beijing Summit will become another
milestone in China-Africa relations.