The Sino-African cooperation
forum will hold its summit and ministerial conference in Beijing between
November 3-5 with the theme "Friendship, peace, cooperation and development."
During the opportune meeting, Chinese and African leaders are expected to
review the past 50-year friendly cooperation, and the achievements made since
the setting up of the Sino-African cooperation forum. The two sides will also
decide to forge a new strategic partnership with political equality and mutual
trust, economic cooperation and collective benefit, and cultural exchanges.
It is firmly believed that the meeting would open up new paths, add new
content and infuse new vigor in the cooperation between China and Africa.
Nowadays, safeguarding world peace, promoting development, and reinforcing
cooperation have become the common aspirations of the people of all countries.
With continued development of political multi-polarization and economic
globalization, the momentum to resolve all disputes, and promote joint
development through global and regional cooperation, and cooperation within a
region, have all been in an upward trend.
The Beijing Summit will surely promote China-Africa cooperation, provide new
impetus for regional cooperation, and boost world peace and development.
The meeting, to be held on the occasion of the 50th anniversary of the
establishment of Sino-African ties, is of special significance as Chinese and
African leaders gather in Beijing to review the past and preview the future.
Over the past half a century, Sino-African friendly cooperation has undergone
numerous historical events worth commemorating and cherishing. As Chinese
President Hu Jintao said during his visit to Nigeria in April, history has
witnessed the milestones of Sino-African friendship.
At present, China and African countries have maintained close political ties.
High-level mutual visits, and personnel exchanges between the two sides have
become more frequent. Their economic and trade ties has developed rapidly, and
consultation and coordination in international affairs has enhanced gradually.
By far, China has established diplomatic relations with 48 African countries.
In 1956, when China established diplomatic ties with Egypt, its trade volume
with the African continent was only 12 million U.S. dollars. In 2006, the
Sino-African trade volume has exceeded 50 billion dollars.
In April 1963, the Chinese government dispatched its first medical team to
Africa. Since then, China has sent a total of 15,000 medical personnel to 47
African countries, who treated 170 million patients. Since 1990, China has
participated in 12 UN peacekeeping operations in Africa, and dispatched
3,000-plus soldiers to join UN peacekeeping forces there.
In recent years, political, economic and security situations in Africa have
displayed gratifying changes.
With the joint efforts of African nations and the African Union (AU), the
political situation in Africa has generally been stable, with regional disputes
In 2004, the African economy grew 5.3 percent and it reached 5.4 percent in
2005. The figure is estimated to rise to 5.9 percent in 2006. The IMF has
pointed out that southern Africa is experiencing the most powerful and sustained
economic growth phase since the 1870's.
In addition, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) has already
charted out the blueprint for Africa's revival and development.
African countries are now joining hands to stand on their own feet,
implementing independent diplomatic policies, actively involving in South-North
Cooperation, pushing forward the South-South Dialogue, and exerting a greater
role in international affairs.
On the other hand, the stable society, sustained economic development, and
the advancement in reform and opening up of China, brings the world an
unprecedented opportunity of development and cooperation.
Against this backdrop, the Beijing Summit will enhance and cement the
Sino-African friendly relations for cooperation.