Highlights from Xi's speech at FOCAC Beijing summit

Xinhua/chinadaily.com.cn | Updated: 2018-09-03 17:14
Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing, Sept 3, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

President Xi Jinping delivered a keynote speech at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Beijing on Monday.

Here are the highlights:

China, Africa embark on path of win-win cooperation

Xi said China and Africa have embarked on a distinctive path of win-win cooperation.

Africa's development has great potential and the continent is full of hope. The China-Africa friendship and cooperation have broad vistas, and China and Africa can forge an even stronger comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership, Xi said.

China values sincerity, friendship and equality in pursuing cooperation. Over 1.3 billion Chinese people have partnered with the over 1.2 billion African people in pursuing a shared future, he said.

2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation opens in Beijing on Sept 3, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

The country follows a "five-no" approach in its relations with Africa: no interference in African countries' pursuit of development paths that fit their national conditions; no interference in African countries' internal affairs; no imposition of China's will on African countries; no attachment of political strings to assistance to Africa; and no seeking of selfish political gains in investment and financing cooperation with Africa, Xi said. "No one can undermine the great unity between the Chinese and African people."

China pursues common interests and puts friendship first in cooperation. China believes the sure way to boost China-Africa cooperation is for both sides to leverage their respective strengths and for China to complement Africa's development through its own growth, and for both sides to pursue win-win cooperation and common development, Xi said. "No one can hold back the Chinese or African people as we march toward rejuvenation."

China takes a people-oriented approach in pursuing practical cooperation with efficiency. With top priority given to the interests of the Chinese and African peoples, China advances its cooperation with Africa to improve the wellbeing of Chinese and African peoples and deliver more benefits to them. "We will fully honor the promises we have made to our African brothers," Xi said. "No one could, out of imagination or assumption, deny the remarkable achievements made in China-Africa cooperation."

China takes an open and inclusive approach to cooperation. China stands ready to work with other international partners to support Africa in pursuing peace and development, Xi said. "No one can stand in the way or obstruct international efforts to support Africa's development."

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