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SUMMIT TO SET NEW PATH FOR CHINA-AFRICA COOPERATION
    2018-09-03  08:53    Shenzhen Daily

PRESIDENT Xi Jinping will chair the 2018 Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) scheduled to be held from today to tomorrow in Beijing.


Themed “China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation,” the summit, to be attended by Chinese and African leaders, aims to build a closer China-Africa community with a shared future, further dovetailing the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative.


This year marks the 18th anniversary of the establishment of FOCAC and the forum has become a model of South-South cooperation and a banner of international cooperation with Africa, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told a press conference in the lead-up to the summit.


During the summit, President Xi will put forward the specific vision on building a China-Africa community with a shared future, and announce proposals and measures by the Chinese side to strengthen China-Africa cooperation in the future, Wang said, adding that the summit will be a historical one that will enhance China-Africa solidarity and cooperation.


Foreign ministers and ministers or representatives responsible for foreign economic and trade affairs from 53 African members of the FOCAC and senior representatives of the African Union Commission attended the Seventh Ministerial Conference of the forum held in Beijing yesterday.


Established 18 years ago, FOCAC has achieved fruitful results and has become a significant mark of China-Africa cooperation. China-Africa trade volume amounted to US$170 billion in 2017, up from US$10 billion in 2000, according to the Ministry of Commerce.


“We could see a two-digit growth rate in the next five to 10 years,” said Wei Jianguo, former vice commerce minister, at a recent China-Africa seminar in Renmin University of China. “Is it possible to reach US$300 billion in 2020? Some people say it’s unlikely, but I believe it’s totally possible.”


“The FOCAC summit has now become a regular summit between Africa and China and there are big projects coming out of this partnership within the FOCAC summit,” African Union Commissioner for Social Affairs Amira Elfadil said earlier.


This year marks the fifth anniversary of the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative, with more African countries expressing their interest in joining the grand project.


So far, nearly 10 African countries have signed Belt and Road cooperation agreements with China, and a few more are in negotiations. In July, during President Xi’s visit to Africa, China signed cooperation documents with Senegal and Rwanda.


Proposed in 2013, the Belt and Road Initiative refers to the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road, which aims to build a trade and infrastructure network connecting Asia with Europe and Africa along the ancient trade routes of the Silk Road.


FOCAC was founded in 2000 and its membership has grown to include China, 53 African countries having diplomatic relations with China, and the African Union Commission, according to the FOCAC website.


(Xinhua)

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