The Chinese government Thursday hailed the positive role of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, saying that the forum has become an effective mechanism for collective dialogue and multilateral cooperation between China and Africa.
In its first African Policy Paper issued on Thursday, the Chinese government said: "Launched in 2000, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation has become an effective mechanism for the collective dialogue and multilateral cooperation between China and Africa and put in place an important framework and platform for a new type of China-Africa partnership featuring long-term stability, equality and mutual benefit."
The paper said China attaches importance to the positive role of the Forum in strengthening political consultation and pragmatic cooperation between China and Africa, and stands ready to work with African countries to conscientiously implement the Beijing Declaration of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, the Program for China-Africa Cooperation in Economic and Social Development and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation-Addis Ababa Action Plan (2004-2006) and its follow-up action plans.
"China will work with African countries within the framework of the Forum to explore new ways to enhance mutual political trust, promote the comprehensive development of pragmatic cooperation, further improve the mechanism of the forum, and try to find the best way for furthering cooperation between the Forum and the The New Partnership for Africa's Development," the paper said.
The paper, composed of more than 3,000 English words, is divided into six parts, including Africa's position and role, China's relations with Africa, China's African policy, enhancing all-round cooperation between China and Africa, Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and its follow-up actions, China's relations with African regional organizations.
This is the first time that the Chinese government has issued a paper elaborating its policy toward Africa. Among the 53 countries in Africa, 47 have established diplomatic relations with China.