Sino-African Sino-African opportunities opportunities ‘shouldn’t ‘shouldn’t slip slip by’ by’
ChinaChina and and African African countries countries shouldshould notnot fail fail to to take take advantage advantage of of “unprecedented“unprecedented historicalhistorical opportunities” opportunities” for cooperation, for cooperation, Vice-Foreign Vice-ForeignMinisterMinister Zhang ZhangMingMing said saidon Tuesdayon Tuesday at theat the opening opening of of the theChinaChinaAfricaAfrica RelationsRelations Roundtable Roundtable conferenceconference in in Johannesburg, Johannesburg, SouthSouth Africa. Africa.
The The conference conference was was a a leadup leadup to to President President Xi Xi Jinping’s Jinping’s statestate visitvisit to to South South Africa Africa starting starting on on Wednesday. Wednesday. After After thethe visit,visit, XiXi will will chairchair the the Forum Forum on on China-Africa China-Africa Cooperation Cooperation Summit, Summit, the the first first one one held held in in Africa, Africa, from from Friday Friday to to Saturday. Saturday.
“China“China has has notnot onlyonly the the capacity,capacity, but,but, more more important, important, thethe strong strong political political will willto supportto support Africa Africain realizingin realizing independent independent and and sustainable sustainable development,”development,” Zhang Zhang said. said. “China-Africa“China-Africa cooperationcooperation is is facingfacing unprecedentedunprecedented historical historical opportunities.opportunities. It It is is important important thatwedonotthat we do not letthemsliplet them slipby.” by.”
ZhangZhang saidsaid that that synergy synergy betweenbetween thethe two two developing developing partnerspartners would would make makethe internationalthe international system more system balancedmore balancedand equitable.and equitable.
“As“As members members of of the the developingdeveloping world, world, both both China Chinaand Africancountriesand African countrieslack the lack voiceandthe voice influence and influencematched matchedto their to weight their in weighttoday’s internationalin today’s internationallandscape,” he said, landscape,”adding thathe said,this underlinesadding that the this need underlines for deeper the solidarityneed for and deeper cooperation.solidarity and cooperation.
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