Chinese FM calls for strengthening of new Sino-African strategic partnership (2)

17:01, January 11, 2010      

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At the beginning of the 21st century, China and Africa, having realized that they are facing global challenges, came together to form a south-south cooperation arrangement named the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in late 2006, which is a very important platform for collective dialogue with effective mechanisms for promoting pragmatic China-Africa cooperation, Yang said.

FOCAC has since been growing with the Sino-African relations progressing to take bilateral cooperation to a higher level in vast and diverse areas. The fourth FOCAC ministerial conference held in November 2009 in Egypt was considered as a new mutual and beneficial forum between China and Africa, "dominated by the willingness to consolidate the friendship, deepen cooperation, fight challenges together and achieve shared development," said the Chinese minister.

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, on behalf of the Chinese government,announced on that occasion eight new measures aimed at promoting the pragmatic Sino-African cooperation, he emphasized.

These measures included, among others, the fight against climate change, intensification of technical-scientific cooperation, reinforcement of African financial capacities and increased access of African products to the Chinese market, Yang said.

"One of the main objectives of my present visit to Africa is todemonstrate the sincerity of the Chinese government and to decide on the ground together with the African countries concrete actionsto be taken in older to offer the African people the fruits of theFOCAC conference," the Chinese minister noted.

Yang is making his third tour of Africa in his capacity as the Chinese foreign minister. Yang's visits to Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Algeria and Morocco were scheduled for Jan. 6-12.

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