Sincerity, equality and mutual benefit, solidarity and common development are the principles guiding China-Africa exchange and cooperation, according to China's African Policy Paper issued Thursday in Beijing.
The paper said China-Africa friendship is embedded in the long history of interchange. Sharing similar historical experience, China and Africa have all along sympathized with and supported each other in the struggle for national liberation and forged a profound friendship.
The founding of the People's Republic of China and the independence of African countries ushered in a new era in China-Africa relations. For over half a century, the two sides have enjoyed close political ties and frequent exchange of high-level visits and people-to-people contacts.
The bilateral trade and economic cooperation have grown rapidly; cooperation in other fields has yielded good results; and consultation and coordination in international affairs have been intensified, the paper said.
China has provided assistance to the best of its ability to African countries, while African countries have also rendered strong support to China on many occasions, it said.
This is the first time that the Chinese government has issued a paper elaborating its policy towards Africa. 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.
Among the total 53 countries in Africa, 47 have established diplomatic relations with China.