UN-adopted res­o­lu­tions on Africa con­sis­tent with FOCAC con­sen­sus: FM

Global Times - - Top News - By Zhang Hui and Xu Hailin

China’s Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs on Wed­nes­day hailed two UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly res­o­lu­tions which re­it­er­ated the con­cept of “win-win co­op­er­a­tion” and “a shared fu­ture based on com­mon hu­man­ity.”

“We are glad to see that UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly adopted the two im­por­tant res­o­lu­tions on New Part­ner­ship for Africa’s De­vel­op­ment and causes of con­flict in Africa shortly af­ter the con­clu­sion of the Fo­rum on China-Africa Co­op­er­a­tion,” Geng Shuang, spokesper­son of the Min­istry of For­eign Af­fairs, told the Global Times at a rou­tine press con­fer­ence on Wed­nes­day.

The UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly adopted three res­o­lu­tions on Mon­day in­clud­ing one on the New Part­ner­ship for Africa’s De­vel­op­ment, and one on causes of con­flict and the pro­mo­tion of durable peace and sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment in Africa, ac­cord­ing to the UN web­site.

The as­sem­bly called upon the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to en­hance sup­port and ful­fill its com­mit­ments to take fur­ther ac­tion in ar­eas crit­i­cal to Africa’s eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment, “in the spirit of win-win co­op­er­a­tion and to cre­ate a shared fu­ture, based on com­mon hu­man­ity,” ac­cord­ing to the web­site.

The sub­stance of the res­o­lu­tions is con­sis­tent with the con­sen­sus reached dur­ing the China-Africa fo­rum which showed clearly that “win-win co­op­er­a­tion” and “a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for mankind” have won wide sup­port from in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity, Geng said.

He said co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and African coun­tries con­forms to the mu­tual in­ter­ests of the two sides and also re­sponds to the calls from the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity.

The res­o­lu­tion of the UN Gen­eral As­sem­bly is a pos­i­tive re­sponse and recog­ni­tion of China’s achieve­ment and idea in de­vel­op­ment, He Wen­ping, a re­search fel­low at the In­sti­tute of West Asian and African Stud­ies of the Chi­nese Academy of So­cial Sciences in Beijing, told the Global Times on Wed­nes­day.

The China-pro­posed Belt and Road ini­tia­tive and eight ini­tia­tives dur­ing the Beijing sum­mit of the fo­rum are the ba­sis of win-win co­op­er­a­tion and a com­mu­nity with a shared fu­ture for mankind, she noted.

The im­ple­men­ta­tion of th­ese ini­tia­tives al­lows African coun­tries to en­joy China’s de­vel­op­ment achieve­ment in or­der to bet­ter and faster de­velop their own coun­tries, He said.

Es­ca­lat­ing US-China trade ten­sions pro­mote co­op­er­a­tion be­tween China and African coun­tries.

More African agri­cul­tural prod­ucts, such as maize from Ethiopia, will be ex­ported to China, He said.

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