Xi Jinping: Deepen China-Africa friendship

Chinese President Jinping

Chinese President Jinping

Chinese leader Xi Jinping has attached great importance to China-Africa relations.

He chose Africa as the destination of his first foreign visit both after he was first elected Chinese president in 2013 and after his re-election this year.

China and Africa are sincere partners on their path of development and natural allies in international affairs.

During his African tour, Xi emphasised that it is China’s long-term and firm strategic choice to develop ties with African countries.

“No matter how the international situation changes, China will continue to uphold its African policy and concept of sincerity, concrete results, affinity and good faith.

“Uphold justice and pursue shared interests, promote the construction of a closer China-Africa community with a shared future, so as to realise win-win cooperation and common development,” Xi said.

During the visit, China and the four African nations have agreed to strengthen the alignment of their development strategies, further tap their economic complementarities and expand the scope of cooperation.

Another key achievement of Xi’s African tour is the signing of cooperation documents regarding the Belt and Road Initiative.

Senegal and Rwanda respectively signed memorandums of understanding with China on the initiative and Mauritius reached agreement with China to sign the cooperation accord on the initiative at an early date.

Senegal is the first West African country to sign a Belt and Road cooperation document with China, and it is expected to have a driving effect in the region.

During his visit, Xi and his African hosts have seen the signing of some 40 cooperation documents, he added.

At every stop of his African tour, Xi was given grand welcome ceremonies by the governments and was received with exceptional hospitality by the local people, which are a valid proof that China’s role in Africa is by no means neo-colonialism, according to the Chinese foreign minister. -Xinhua

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