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Chinese FM attends Africa Day reception, urges enhanced cooperation

Abstract : Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday attended the Africa Day reception in Beijing, saying that China and Africa should work together to create a new situation in bilateral cooperation.

Chinese State
Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi addresses the Africa Day
reception in Beijing, capital of China, on May 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Shen
Hong)

BEIJING, May 25 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign
Minister Wang Yi on Tuesday attended the Africa Day reception in
Beijing, saying that China and Africa should work together to create a
new situation in bilateral cooperation.

On behalf of the Chinese government, Wang Yi extended congratulations
to the African envoys in China and to African countries and their
peoples. Wang said that Africa Day is an important day for the African
people in striving for independence and strengthening unity.

He stressed that Africa Day also marks a common holiday for China and
Africa. Strengthening unity and cooperation with African countries is
the constant priority of China’s diplomacy. China and Africa are
fighting side by side in the great struggle for national independence
and safeguarding national dignity, while supporting each other on issues
involving each other’s core interests and major concerns.

Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, he said that China and Africa helped each
other to overcome the difficulties together. China has been the largest
trade partner country for Africa for the 12th consecutive year, he
said, adding that China-Africa cooperation under the framework of the
Belt and Road Initiative has continued to deepen and become more
effective.

On global affairs, China and Africa support each other, he said. “We
hold high the banner of multilateralism and jointly issue a voice of
justice against the politicization of the epidemic, against racial
discrimination and against foreign interference.”

He put forward four suggestions for creating a new situation in
China-Africa cooperation. He called on both sides to make a success of
the next meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), work
together to quickly defeat the COVID-19 epidemic, promote the
development of practical cooperation in a steady manner, and strengthen
coordination in international affairs.

Martin Mpana, Cameroon’s ambassador to China and dean of the African
Diplomatic Corps in China, said that Africa and China should jointly
host the FOCAC meeting and send a strong message to the international
community that Africa and China will join hands to promote fairness,
justice and peaceful cooperation in the world.

On May 25, 1963, the Organization of African Unity — the predecessor
of the African Union — was established, and May 25 was designated as
Africa Day. The African Diplomatic Corps in China holds a celebratory
reception in Beijing every year. This year’s reception was co-hosted by
China and the African Diplomatic Corps in China. Enditem

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