Sino-African Sino-African op­por­tu­ni­ties op­por­tu­ni­ties ‘shouldn’t ‘shouldn’t slip slip by’ by’

China Daily (Canada) - - XI’S VISIT - By By LUCY LUCY MORANGI MORANGI in in Johannesburg Johannesburg and and CHENG CHEN­MENG­WEI MENGWEI in in Beijing Beijing

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.

AtAt the the meet­ing, meet­ing, No­maindiy­oNo­maindiyo Mfeketo, South Mfeketo, Africa’s South deputy Africa’s min­is­ter deputyof in­ter­na­tional min­is­ter re­la­tion­sof in­ter­na­tion­a­land co­op­er­a­tive re­la­tions de­vel­op­ment,and co­op­er­a­tive­said de­vel­op­ment,she be­lieves said that she ac­cess be­lievesto the that gi­ant ac­cess Chi­ne­seto the gi­ant mar­ket Chi­ne­sewill trig­ger mar­ket much-de­sired­will trig­ger much-de­sirede­co­nomic growth. eco­nomic growth.“We are look­ing for­ward to build­ing“We are our look­ing man­u­fac­tur­ing­for­ward to ca­pac­ity. build­ing Africa our there­fore man­u­fac­tur­ing hopes that ca­pac­ity.the forth­com­ingAfrica there­fore sum­mit hopeswill ad­vo­catethat the for Africa’s forth­com­ing de­vel­op­ment sum­mit will agenda ad­vo­cate­and for emergeAfrica’s with de­vel­op­ment­con­crete de­liv­er­ables agenda thatand emergewill help with the con­cretetwo part­ners­de­liv­er­ables en­gage in that an will ob­jec­tive­help the way two in part­ners­fu­ture en­deav­ors,”en­gage in an Mfeke­toob­jec­tive said. way in fu­ture en­deav­ors,” Mfeketo “Africa’s said. de­vel­op­ment agenda “Africa’sis re­al­ized through de­vel­op­ment FOCAC,” agen­dashe added, is not­ing re­al­ized that throughthis was FOCAC,” ce­mented in she 2009 added, when not­ing China that be­came this the was con­ti­nent’s ce­mented leadin­gin 2009trade part­ner.when China be­came the Peter con­ti­nent’s Kang­wanja, lead­ing ex­ec­u­tive­trade part­ner.di­rec­tor of the African Pol­icy In­sti­tute,Peter Kang­wanja,an in­ter­na­tional ex­ec­u­tive re­la­tions di­rec­tor thinkof the tank Africanin Nairobi,Pol­icy In­sti­tute,Kenya, said, an “I in­ter­na­tion­al­be­lieve Africa’s re­la­tions eco­nomic growth­think tankof 5 in per­centNairobi, an­nu­ally Kenya,is closely said, linked“I be­lieveto the Africa’s in­volve­ment eco­nomi­cof China.” growth of 5 per­centGarth Shel­ton, an­nu­ally as­so­ci­ateis closely pro­fes­sor linked at to the the Univer­sity in­volve­mentof Wit­wa­ter­srandof China.” in South Africa, said Garth FOCAC Shel­ton,will prove as­so­ciate suc­cess­ful pro­fes­sorif at it the com­bines Univer­sity the of dreams Wit­wa­ter­srandof China and in Africa,South Africa,with China’ssaid FOCAC dream will prove be­ing suc­cess­ful achieve­men­tif it of com­bines eco­nomic­the dreams­growth of of China about and7 per­centAfrica, with an­nu­ally China’sto dream in­crease be­ing the achieve­men­twealth of its of mid­dle eco­nomic class, growth­while Africa’sof about dream 7 is per­centto fight an­nu­al­ly­poverty by in­creas­ingto in­crease em­ploy­ment­the wealth op­por­tu­ni­ties,of its mid­dle es­pe­cial­ly­class, while­for its youth. Africa’s dream is to fight poverty by in­creas­ing em­ploy­men­tCon­tact the writ­ers op­por­tu­ni­ties,at chen­meng­wei@chi­ es­pe­cially for its youth.

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