Commentary: Chinese FM's African tour promotes mutual beneficial, win-win Sino-African relations

08:15, February 18, 2011      

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Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on Wednesday ended his official visits to five African countries -- Zimbabwe, Gabon, Guinea, Togo and Chad.

Yang's African tour during the Chinese New Year has helped deepen the traditional Sino-African friendship, and has significant meaning for promoting pragmatic cooperation, sharing opportunities and pursuing common development between China and Africa.

For over 20 years, African countries have been on the list of destinations for Chinese foreign ministers' first visits at the beginning of every year. This practice shows the deep and traditional friendship between China and Africa, and reflects the importance of Sino-African cooperation in China's foreign policy.

Yang's visit, which came at the beginning of a second decade of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), is expected to further consolidate the fruitful results of the decade-old FOCAC.

Since its launch in October 2000, the forum has formed into a multi-level dialogue mechanism, and witnessed the establishment of a solid cooperation system that covers political, economic, social and cultural fields, among others. China and Africa have supported each other in major international issues and bilateral affairs, and have continuously deepened their political mutual trust.

Over the past decade, the scale of China's aid for Africa has grown 10 folds. Currently, China is Africa's biggest trade partner, and Africa is China's fourth biggest overseas investment destination.

As a banner guiding the development of Sino-African relations, in the new era, FOCAC takes on the task of promoting faster and better development of the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership.

During his visit, Yang said China is willing to use FOCAC as an important platform for collective dialogues and an effective mechanism for pragmatic cooperation, and continuously push forward the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership featuring political equality and mutual trust, economic win-win cooperation and cultural exchanges, and further promote world peace, stability and development as well as common development of China and Africa.

Abiding by the principles of sincerity and friendliness, equality, mutual benefits and common development, China has been focusing on helping Africa improve its ability of self-development and sustainable development, and has expanded its aid for Africa according to China's own capability, which has won extensive appreciation from African countries.

By Dan Ran, Guo Qian
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