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Africa-China agree to strengthen security

August 8, 2016 

At the just concluded coordinator’s meeting on the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Johannesburg summit of the Forum on China-African Cooperation (FOCAC), the two parties – Africa and China – agreed to enhance cooperation on peace and security and take comprehensive measures to tackle both the symptoms and root causes of insecurity, and improve the capability of maintaining peace and stability, counter-terrorism and law enforcement, thus creating and safeguarding lasting peaceful and secured environments for China-Africa cooperation on development and ensure the protection of personal safety and legal interests of investors.

“Supporting Africa to achieve peace, stability and development is in conformity with common interests of the world people and is the shared responsibility of the international community. Both sides will uphold the concepts of openness, inclusiveness and win-win cooperation and welcome the international community to make more contributions to the realization of lasting peace and sustainable development in Africa,” said a statement released by both sides.

Both sides called on the international community to pay greater attention to and increase the investment for peace, security and development in Africa, and urged developed countries to honour their commitments to provide aid, transfer technologies and support capacity building of African countries and earnestly support African countries to tackle the current difficulties and challenges in peace, security and development affairs.

They reaffirmed their readiness to make joint efforts to promote industrialisation and agricultural modernisation in Africa through industry alignment, transfer of technology and human resources capacity development cooperation, focus on industry alignment and production capacity cooperation between China and Africa, and continue to push forward the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Ten Cooperation Plans and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Johannesburg Action Plan (2016-2018) in a safe, orderly and efficient way.

In order to jointly push forward the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Johannesburg Summit of the FOCAC, and provide new driving force for the implementation of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Johannesburg Action Plan (2016-2018), Coordinators from the People’s Republic of China, 51 African countries and the African Union Commission held a meeting of Coordinators in Beijing on 29 July 2016.

Both sides highly acclaimed the great success of the Johannesburg Summit of FOCAC, fully appreciated its fruitful results and great significance, and spoke highly of the new concepts and new thinking of China’s policy to Africa and new measures for China-Africa cooperation articulated by President Xi Jinping, with the support of African Heads of State and Government, during the Johannesburg Summit.

They reiterated their commitments to working closely together to fully implement the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit and develop the comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership featuring political equality and mutual trust, win-win economic cooperation, mutually enriching inter-civilisation exchanges, mutual assistance in security, and solidarity and coordination in international affairs.

They further acclaimed the rapid progress achieved on the follow-up actions of the Johannesburg Summit of the FOCAC, as well as the success of the Coordinators’ Meeting initialised by the co-chairs of the FOCAC, China and South Africa.

The African side appreciated the fact that China has kept its promises and suited the action to the word, while China fully appreciated the constant efforts the African side has made in the implementation work of the Johannesburg Summit.

Both sides enhanced the exchange of views on cooperation and agreed to adhere to the principles of sincerity, practical results, affinity and good faith and uphold the values of friendship, justice and shared interests, as well as the following five cooperative concepts, and make joint efforts for the implementation of the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of the FOCAC and promote China-Africa cooperation on development.

They both agreed to combine the peaceful development of China with the self-sustainable development of Africa, jointly translate the advantages of Africa’s natural and human resources into development outcomes that will benefit the people, to support Africa to accelerate the development of industrialisation and diversification of economy, so as to realise win-win cooperation for common development between China and Africa.

Adhering to the concept of intensive development, both sides agreed  to combine the construction of infrastructure projects with the development of industrial parks and special economic zones, so as to achieve sound interaction and mutual benefit between infrastructure projects and industrial development.

“Both sides will not only seek economic and social benefits of the projects themselves, but also focus on the self-sustainable development of Africa, and try our best to avoid risks of debt and financial burden for Africa. The African side highly appreciated the initiative made by China to kick off pioneering work in the demonstration countries and accumulate successful experience to guide comprehensive cooperation between China and Africa,” the statement further said

They agreed to focus on the protection of eco-environment and strengthen cooperation on eco-civilisation and they would simultaneously promote economic cooperation and protection of local environment and wild lives according to laws, so as to ensure that China-Africa cooperation will never be pursued at the expense of local eco-system and long-term interests.

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