China-Africa Ties Entered New Era of Building Closer China-Africa Community

Addis Ababa: Head of Mission of China to the African Union, Ambassador Hu Changchun said China-Africa relations have entered a new era of building an even closer China-Africa community with a shared future, which has become a model for building a community with a shared future for mankind. Ambassador Changchun made this remark in his article published under the title 'Join Hands to Build a High-quality China-Africa Community with a Shared Future.' He stated that China will unreservedly continue to share its experience of Chinese path to modernization with Africa, support African countries in exploring the cause of independent modernization, and provide new opportunities for Africa through its development. The ambassador added that China will continue to promote synergies between the high-quality Belt and Road Initiative and Global Development Initiatives together with AU's Agenda 2063, as well as the development strategies of African countries, in order to support Africa in achieving sustainable developmen t. In 2018, President Xi Jinping formally proposed "building an even closer China-Africa community with a shared future" at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit, which was unanimously endorsed by African leaders, he indicated. Under the joint leadership and promotion of President Xi Jinping and African leaders, China-Africa relations have entered a new era of building an even closer China-Africa community with a shared future, which has become a model for building a community with a shared future for mankind. 'As a resounding brand of China-Africa cooperation, the FOCAC plays an important role in promoting the building of a China-Africa community with a shared future and has become a banner to lead international cooperation with Africa and promote South-South cooperation.' The Belt and Road Initiative proposed by China has been deeply synergized with the AU's Agenda 2063, the ambassador said, noting that China has been Africa's largest trading partner for several consecutive years. Large-scale infrastructure projects such as railways, highways, ports and electric power, which China aided or participated in, have continuously benefited the African people; he elaborated citing flagship projects such as the Mombasa-Nairobi Standard Gauge Railway, the Addis Ababa-Djibouti Railway and the African CDC Headquarters. 'China has always been the most reliable partner of African countries, from coping with natural disasters together to fully implementing the G20 debt relief initiative, from health, poverty reduction to digital innovation and green development. In 2024, the forthcoming FOCAC meeting will be held in Beijing. Leaders of China and African members of the Forum will get together to discuss China-Africa cooperation in the new era.' China will work with Africa to jointly promote high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, embrace challenges and achieve common prosperity to usher in bright future of peace, security, prosperity, progress for world, Ambassador Hu Changchun, affirmed. Source: Ethiopian News Agency