Beijing declaration, action plan adopted at FOCAC summit

04 Sep, 2018 - 18:09 0 Views
Beijing declaration, action plan adopted at FOCAC summit Chinese President Xi Jinping

The Herald

BEIJING. — A declaration and an action plan were adopted Tuesday at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The Beijing Declaration – Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future and the FOCAC Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021) were adopted at the two-phase roundtable meeting, chaired respectively, by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, the co-chair of the forum.

President Xi said the summit over the past two days repeated the call for China-Africa win-win cooperation and common development.

President Xi said the leaders have unanimously decided to build a China-Africa community with a shared future that assumes joint responsibility, pursues win-win cooperation, delivers happiness for all, enjoys cultural prosperity, ensures common security, and promotes harmony between man and nature.

President Xi said they have unanimously adopted the summit’s outcome documents, setting the direction for the development of China-Africa relations.

He said they have agreed to develop FOCAC into a brand of China-Africa solidarity and cooperation, and a banner that guides international cooperation with Africa under the principle of consultation, cooperation and benefit for all.

President Xi said they have decided to firmly uphold an open world economy and the multilateral trading system, while opposing protectionism and unilateralism.

The vigorous development of China-Africa cooperation has not only promoted the progress of Africa, but also inspired international partners to pay closer attention to Africa and increase their input into and cooperation with the continent, President Xi said.

African leaders spoke highly of the summit and agreed that it was a historic meeting strengthening Africa-China solidarity and cooperation.

They expressed support and appreciation for the Belt and Road Initiative, believing that the joint building of the Belt and Road by Africa and China will speed up African regional integration. – Xinhua

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