Building Upgraded Version of China-Africa Cooperation
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang ended the four-nation official visit to Africa on May 12, 2014, which coincides with the 50th anniversary of the first official visit by the then Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai in Africa. Standing together for half a century, the world has witnessed great changes of China and Africa's positions on the international stage. From the once poor and weak to miracle of the world, China's development has attracted worldwide attention. Africa has long become vibrant, becoming an important pole in the world political arena, a new economic growth pole, and a colorful-pole of human civilization. After decades of baptism, China-Africa friendship has been inherited and deepened.
China is building an upgraded version of the China-Africa cooperation through diplomatic meetings, speeches, dialogues, cooperation documents, and kinds of activities, which lead to the fruitful official visit of Premier Li Keqiang. China-Africa's win-win cooperation receives a new starting point. The close and solid foundation of China-Africa's cooperation and highly complementary economies during the past decades has made it a trend to enhance the cooperation between China and Africa. During his official visit to Africa, Premier Li Keqiang proposed to build an upgraded version of China-Africa cooperation, which received strong reaction and high appreciation from all walks of life in Africa.
China is to implement the principle of "Sincerity, Real Results, Affinity and Good Faith" in China-Africa cooperation. China will carry out six big projects of China-Africa cooperation in the areas of industry, finance, poverty reduction, environmental protection, cultural exchanges and peace and security, in order to meet the development needs of African countries. China is concerned about the livelihood of Africa, encouraging Chinese enterprises to feel the sufferings of Africa heartfully, highlighting China-Africa's brotherhood. China proposed cooperation in the construction of three major networks of infrastructure in Africa, which has won widespread support from heads of state in Africa. China will also help Africa to protect the environment and enhance its capacity building for environmental protection. Premier Li Keqiang's official visit to Africa has injected new vitality to China-Africa cooperation, making it closer for achieving the great rejuvenation of the "China Dream" with unity, development and revitalization of the "African Dream". One is the world's most populous developing country; the other is the continent with the world's largest concentration of developing countries. Facing the new situation and challenges of globalization and the international situation changes, China and Africa need to strengthen mutually beneficial cooperation and join hands forward to realize their dreams.
The new China-Africa cooperation will provide more opportunities for African partners' development. China has been dedicated to helping building Africa's infrastructure, which is a major bottleneck of Africa's development. If Africa is to seize the new opportunities in China-Africa cooperation in industry, it will produce inevitable effects on self-development. China has proposed cooperation framework of 461 and committed to helping Africa achieve inclusive growth. Stressing the cooperation principle of "Africa needs, Africa agrees, and Africa involves" and a series of new initiatives have shown the open and sincere diplomatic policy of China towards Africa.
Common historical experience, development tasks, strategic interests and spiritual pursuit constitute the roots of the traditional friendship between China and Africa. Today, after long years of trials, the ship of China-Africa friendship and cooperation moves into a wider fairway.
It will forge ahead, and create a new world of China-Africa development.