Summit adopts declaration, action plan
Updated: 2006-11-05 17:22
|The two-session round tables of Chinese and
African leaders attending the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation (FOCAC) opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing,
November 5, 2006. [Xinhua]|
The Beijing Summit of the
Forum on China-Africa Cooperation adopted a declaration in Beijing
on Sunday, proclaiming the establishment of a new type of strategic
partnership between China and Africa.
The declaration was read out by
Chinese President Hu Jintao, Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi and Egyptian
President Mohammed Hosni Mubarak following the two-day grand gathering. After
the reading-out ceremony, the leaders took group photos at the Great Hall of the
strategic partnership features "political equality and mutual trust, economic
win-win cooperation and cultural exchanges, " said the declaration, which was
adopted by leaders of China and 48 African countries attending the summit.
"We hold that the world today is undergoing complex and profound
changes, and that the pursuit of peace, development and cooperation has become
the trend of the times," said Chinese President Hu, reading out the declaration.
"We declare that the development of our friendly relations and
cooperation are in accordance with the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence
as well as all the international principles that promote multilateralism and
democracy in international relations," Hu said.
The declaration called
for enhancing South-South cooperation and North-South dialogue to promote
balanced, coordinated and sustainable development of the global economy to
enable all countries to share its benefits and realize common development and
On the UN reform, the declaration said that the United
Nations should strengthen its role through the reform and priority should be
given to increasing the representation and full participation of African
countries in the UN Security Council and other UN agencies.
declaration also said China reaffirms its support for the African countries in
their efforts to strengthen themselves through unity and independently resolve
African problems, supports the African regional and sub-regional organizations
in their efforts to promote economic integration, and supports the African
countries in implementing the "New Partnership for Africa's Development"
The declaration also urged developed nations to increase
assistance to African countries.
"We urge the developed countries to
increase official development assistance and honor their commitments to opening
market and debt relief," said Meles, while reading out the declaration.
The declaration urged the developed nations to provide more financial
and technical assistance to enhance Africa's capacity in poverty and disaster
reduction and prevention and control of desertification, and help Africa realize
the UN Millennium Development Goals.
It also called on the international
community to encourage and support Africa's efforts to pursue peace and
The African countries attending the high-profile Beijing
Summit also reiterated in the declaration that they are firmly committed to the
"They (the African countries) reiterated that they
adhere to the one-China policy and support China's peaceful reunification," said
"We hold that the adherence of China, the world's largest
developing country, to peaceful development and the commitment of Africa, a
continent with the largest number of developing countries, to stability,
development and renaissance are in themselves significant contribution to world
peace and development, " the declaration said.
To further promote the
China-Africa strategic partnership, the declaration said China and African
countries will take a series of measures, including enhancing high-level visits
and personnel exchanges, improving international cooperation and promoting
The leaders also agreed to deepen and broaden
mutually beneficial cooperation, encourage and promote two-way trade and
investment and explore new modes of cooperation.
Priority should be
given to cooperation in agriculture, infrastructure, industry, fishing,
information technology, public health and personnel training to draw on each
other's strengths for the benefit of the two peoples, according to the
The leaders also promised to properly handle issues and
challenges that may arise in the course of cooperation through friendly
consultation in keeping with China-Africa friendship and the long-term interests
of the two sides.
"We hold that the establishment of a new type of
strategic partnership is both the shared desire and independent choice of China
and Africa, serves our common interests, and will help enhance solidarity,
mutual support and assistance and unity of the developing countries and
contribute to durable peace and harmonious development in the world," said
Egyptian President Mubarak, reading out the declaration.
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