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Forum attendees hail Xi's speech

By Guan Xiaomeng, Xu He, Han Lei, Lin Hanqing, Charlie Clarkson, Yan Yujie and Pan Yiqiao | | Updated: 2018-09-04 14:42
The Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing,  Sept. 3, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

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

Here is a collection of comments on the speech by guests attending the summit.

"President Xi is very clear in terms of China's plan for China as well as his outlook on collaboration with Africa."

"He was able to clearly glean the collaborative areas that would basically lay the foundation for the relationship. The long-term experience of China for the last 40 years, it's quite a lot of benefits for development of Africa. "

--- Martin Kaali Shipanga, executive chairman of Shipanga Medical based in Namibia


"I am very much impressed and this was very useful and very inspiring... especially the participation of the youth. Another thing that was emphasized heavily was the participation of women."

--- Martha Namundjembo-Tilahun, group chairperson of United Africa Group


Vilola Santo Xavier, a journalist from Angola, said he was in Beijing with his countrie's president in 2008 for Olympics and has visited China several times since then. He was taken back at the development and change of China in the past decade and the growth of the China-Africa relationships.

"I wowed at Chinese leaders’ ability to manage such a big country and a large population," he said. "There is a lot we can learn from China and also a lot that can be shared between us."

--- Vilola Santo Xavier, a journalist from Angola

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