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China attaches importance to Africa's concerns, interests: FM (2)


14:11, January 07, 2012

Speaking of his three-nation African tour, Yang said that he held discussions with leaders of the three African countries and reached broad consensus on implementing the outcomes of the fourth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation ( FOCAC) and on issues concerning the fifth FOCAC Ministerial Conference to be held in China this year.

"The visit has achieved the goal of enhancing political mutual trust, promoting practical cooperation and carrying forward traditional friendship," he said.

China is now Africa's largest trading partner. Chinese investment in Africa is growing rapidly. There are a total of more than 2,000 Chinese enterprises of various types in Africa.

"African countries speak highly of the implementation of the follow-up actions to the fourth FOCAC Ministerial Conference," Yang said, adding that the joining of two new members, the AU Commission and the newly independent Republic of South Sudan, has made the FOCAC even more representative.

Moreover, China-Africa people-to-people and cultural exchanges have notably increased. China-Africa Young Leaders Forum, People' s Forum, the Think-Tank Forum and the Science and Technology Forum have been established respectively, ushering in a new phase of China-Africa people-to-people and cultural exchanges.

Yang said the African countries have always taken it as their fundamental task to pursue stability, development and solidarity, but the increased external intervention has affected peace and stability in Africa.

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