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Xi's visits mark new era of global climate change campaign, China-Africa cooperation

(Xinhua) Updated: 2015-11-26 18:42


China and African countries are a community of common destiny sharing weal and woe, facing the same task of development.

China cherishes its traditional friendship with Africa and has injected fresh meaning into the ties under new circumstances.

The concept of "sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith," which Xi expounded in a speech in Tanzania during his maiden trip to Africa in March 2013 after taking office, has been adopted in China's cooperation with Africa.

During Xi's visits to Zimbabwe and South Africa, a series of agreements on economic, trade, investment and culture are expected to be signed.

As this year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of China-Zimbabwe diplomatic relations, China expects to work closely with Zimbabwe to make bilateral relations a paradigm of equality, mutual trust, mutual support, cooperation, shared growth and common prosperity.

China and South Africa, member countries of the emerging-market bloc of BRICS, have pledged to forge a closer and stronger economic partnership among BRICS members.

At the upcoming summit between the two sides, China will announce new measures to promote its comprehensive cooperation with Africa, said Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Wang said China will help Africa build up industrialization, food security, public health and desease prevention systems, of which Africa is in great need.

Peace-keeping and security are also expected to be discussed at the summit.

Both China and Africa, whose economies are complementary, are at key moment of economic transformation, said Liu Guijin, a former Chinese special representative on African affairs.

"If China can help Africa with its industrialization and agricultural modernization, it will solve big problems for Africa," he added.

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