President Xi Jinping and African Leaders to Upgrade Relations to Boost Cooperation and Development

President Xi Jinping and African Leaders to Upgrade Relations to Boost Cooperation and DevelopmentPresident Xi Jinping together with African leaders finished off a landmark summit in Johannesburg with a unanimous consensus in upgrading the China-Africa relations that is backed by a roadmap for further boosting beneficial cooperation and common development. During his concluding remarks in the summit, Xi stated that together with participating African leaders have reached a unanimous agreement and life the China-Africa relationship to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

The cooperation upgrade was proposed by Xi in a keynote speech during the opening ceremony which came nine years after both countries decided at the first FOCAC summit in Beijing in establishing a new type of strategic partnership which features political equality and mutual trust, cultural exchange and a economic win-win cooperation. To support historic progress, African leaders endorsed Xi’s appeal in strengthening the five major pillars of political equality and mutual trust, mutually enriching cultural exchanges, win-win economic cooperation, solidarity and coordination in international affairs and mutual assistance in security.

In realizing the upgrade, both sides have agreed to carry out ten major cooperation plans in the following years in areas such as industrialization, infrastructure construction, agricultural modernization, financial services, trade and investment facilitation, poverty reduction, green development, public health and welfare, peace, security and people to people exchanges. These programs will focus on helping African countries to break the three development bottlenecks of talent shortage, inadequate funding, backward infrastructure to accelerate industrialization and agricultural modernization, realizing independent and sustainable development.

China will be establishing a number of regional vocational education centers and several capacity building colleges that will train 200,000 technicians for African countries and provide Africa with 40,000 training opportunities in China.

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