To understand the benefits of closer ties with African countries I met with and interviewed three African citizens living and working in China to gain their views on the potential for growth that the new scheme holds, and to see how the scheme is currently being put into practice.
The 2018 Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit opened on Monday afternoon with President Xi Jinping delivering a keynote speech titled, Work Together for Common Development and a Shared Future. The following three points really impressed me. Δ Chinese President Xi Jinping (C, back) meets the press together with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa (L, back) and Senegalese President Macky Sall, former and new African co-chair of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), after the conclusion of the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Sept. 4, 2018. (Xinhua/Liu Weibing) The relationship between FOCAC and the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) was clearly expressed. Since the BRI was proposed in 2013, many African governments have been very concerned about the position of FOCAC. Xi’s speech made it clear that FOCAC will continue and will not be replaced by the BRI. In fact, the BRI is providing new strategic opportunities for all African countries. Through the convergence of the BRI with the African Union Agenda 2063, the United Nations Agenda 2030 for Sustainable Development and the development strategies of all African countries, Africa will surely be integrated into the implementation of the BRI and support its development goals. Actually, the aim of FOCAC and the BRI is consistent: common development through […]
Can you imagine that silk was found from the discovery of ancient Egyptian mummies? It was transported to Africa from western China 3,000 years ago. What interesting stories were there during the communication was developing between China and Africa?
China Focus’ reporters interviewed four journalists from Egypt, Angola, Congo and Ghana to hear about their perceptions on the $60 billion financing to Africa, the eight major initiatives with African countries and building stronger China-Africa community with shared future mentioned in Xi’s speech.
The program of “Access to Satellite TV for 10,000 African Villages”, as the cultural cooperation and people-to-people exchange project, part of “ten major cooperation projects”, aims to make it possible for 10,000 rural areas in Africa to receive TV broadcasting signals, so as to enrich the cultural life of local people and enhance China-Africa connections.
Fruitful results have been achieved during the summit.
What is the alternative to China’s role in developing the infrastructure of African countries and establishing industrial zones? To all the countries that criticize China’s role in Africa, particularly the United States, have you offered an alternative solution to African problems?
President Xi Jinping on Monday said China will implement eight major initiatives with African countries in the next three years and beyond, covering fields such as industrial promotion, infrastructure connectivity, trade facilitation, and green development.
The country follows a “five-no” approach in its relations with Africa: no interference in African countries’ pursuit of development paths that fit their national conditions; no interference in African countries’ internal affairs; no imposition of China’s 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.
Why is Agricultural Cooperation along the Belt and Road necessary? How China’s techniques made the wheat yield growth in Pakistan?
China Focus interviewed four journalists from African media in the Forum media center. The journalists shared with us what their expectations for the Forum.
African people know better than anyone else what colonialism is because they have been struggling against colonialism for five hundred years. China will not repeat that approach.