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China, African countries need to build stronger community with shared future: Chinese FM

Updated: Nov 13,2020 09:00 AM    Xinhua

BEIJING — China and African countries need to strengthen solidarity and build a stronger community with a shared future, Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Nov 12.

Wang made the remarks at the reception celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Twenty years ago, Chinese and African leaders gathered in Beijing to inaugurate FOCAC. A new era was thus opened for China-Africa relations. Over the two decades, by acting along with the prevailing trend of peace, development and cooperation, FOCAC has established itself as a pacesetter for cooperation with Africa, a champion of multilateralism, and a fine example of mutually beneficial cooperation, Wang noted.

Wang put forward four propositions on how to make sure that China-Africa relations will seize the trend of the times and scale new heights, how to build on achievement and further upgrade and enhance China-Africa cooperation, and how to enable FOCAC to meet the challenges and achieve progress in creative ways.

Wang called on China and African countries to strengthen solidarity and build a stronger community with a shared future, to tide over the current challenge together and build a China-Africa community of health for all, to pursue win-win cooperation to build a China-Africa community of development for all, and to embrace responsibilities and work toward a community with a shared future for mankind.

Noting FOCAC is a valuable asset for China and Africa, Wang said the two sides must keep pace with the times to ensure that the Forum remains a shining example of China-Africa relations.

China is ready to work with Africa to make good preparations on the arrangements and deliverables of the next FOCAC meeting scheduled to be held next year, Wang said, adding that China hopes the meeting will take the China-Africa comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership to a new height.

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