Work­ing to­gether

ChinAfrica - - Cover Story -

From the out­set, FOCAC has been play­ing a sig­nif­i­cant role in ad­vanc­ing the com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship between China and Africa. Although it was pro­posed 13 years ear­lier than the Belt and Road Ini­tia­tive, FOCAC has kept abreast of new devel­op­ments in China, Africa and the global com­mu­nity in or­der to strengthen its frame­work. New philoso­phies and mech­a­nisms to fur­ther deepen the bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion were pro­posed and adopted over the time.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping pledged to roll out 10 ma­jor plans to boost co­op­er­a­tion with Africa at the Jo­han­nes­burg Sum­mit of FOCAC held in South Africa in De­cem­ber 2015. The plan cov­ered im­por­tant ar­eas such as in­dus­tri­al­iza­tion, agri­cul­tural mod­ern­iza­tion, in­fra­struc­ture, fi­nan­cial ser­vices and peo­ple-topeo­ple ex­changes. In July 2016, China put for­ward five ma­jor co­op­er­a­tion con­cepts of com­mon, in­ten­sive, green, safe and open de­vel­op­ment at the Co­or­di­na­tors’ Meet­ing on the Im­ple­men­ta­tion of the Follow-up Ac­tions of the FOCAC Jo­han­nes­burg Sum­mit, which were hailed by African par­tic­i­pants. The con­cepts have been guid­ing bi­lat­eral co­op­er­a­tion ever since.

The con­cept of com­mon de­vel­op­ment specif­i­cally calls for win-win co­op­er­a­tion between the two sides, mor­ph­ing China’s de­vel­op­ment with that of Africa’s.

The in­ten­sive de­vel­op­ment aims for sus­tain­able

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