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Wang Yi Talks About the FOCAC Beijing Summit

On June 4, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi answered a question from a journalist about the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on the sidelines of the Formal Meeting of the BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs in South Africa.

Wang Yi pointed out that as a key platform for the collective dialogue and cooperation between China and African countries, the FOCAC has already become a model of South-South cooperation and a banner of international cooperation with Africa. South Africa has been serving as the African co-chair of the Forum for the past six year, and China and South Africa have been supporting each other, closely coordinating and actively promoting the development of the forum mechanism so as to advance China-Africa solidarity and cooperation. In December 2015, South Africa successfully hosted the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit. At present, the implementation work of the results is going smoothly with prominent achievements.

Wang Yi noted that as agreed by both the Chinese side and the African side, China will host the FOCAC Beijing Summit this September which is themed with "win-win cooperation and join hands to build a closer community with a shared future for China and Africa". Both sides will endeavor to combine the theme of the Summit with the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" between China and Africa, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development of the United Nations, the Agenda 2063 of the African Union as well as the development strategies of various African countries to make new planning for win-win cooperation and open up new prospects for common development.

Wang Yi stressed that in keeping with the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, we are now making all-out efforts to advance the preparatory work for the Beijing Summit. The work related to the joint invitation of President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa for leaders of the African member states of the FOCAC to attend the Summit has been completed and most African leaders have confirmed their attendance. Faced with the new changes in the international situation and the new demand for development on the African continent, the Summit will unveil new measures for China-Africa all-round cooperation in the next stage. We expect that at the scheduled time, the leaders of various African countries will gather in Beijing to elevate China-Africa comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to a new level. It is believed that under the joint efforts of China and Africa, the FOCAC Beijing Summit this year will surely become another historic event to strengthen China-Africa solidarity and cooperation.

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