CPC to dis­cuss devt with 40 African po­lit­i­cal par­ties

Global Times US Edition - - TOPNEWS - By Liu Xuanzun

The Com­mu­nist Party of China (CPC) will hold a con­fer­ence with lead­ers of African po­lit­i­cal par­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions next week to ex­plore is­sues on peace and de­vel­op­ment.

The Africa con­fer­ence of the CPC in Di­a­logue with World Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties High-level Meet­ing will be held from July 17 to 18 in Dar es Salaam, Tan­za­nia.

The con­fer­ence will ex­plore the the­ory and prac­tice of the road to de­vel­op­ment that con­forms to na­tional con­di­tions, with about 40 lead­ers of African po­lit­i­cal par­ties and or­ga­ni­za­tions par­tic­i­pat­ing, the Xinhua News Agency re­ported on Thurs­day.

“The CPC and African po­lit­i­cal par­ties will learn from each other in terms of peace and de­vel­op­ment,” Su Wei, a pro­fes­sor at the CPC Chongqing Com­mit­tee’s Party School, told the Global Times on Thurs­day.

“China is a step ahead when it comes to re­form and de­vel­op­ment, so Africa can learn a lot from China,” Su said, adding that China is not ex­port­ing a Chi­nese model, as China fol­lows an in­de­pen­dent for­eign pol­icy.

African po­lit­i­cal par­ties are will­ing to have a con­ver­sa­tion with China be­cause China treats ev­ery coun­try and po­lit­i­cal party equally, Su noted.

China and coun­tries of Africa all have a his­tory of anti-colo­nial­ism and anti-im­pe­ri­al­ism, so China’s road to de­vel­op­ment is at­trac­tive to Africa, he added.

The con­fer­ence fol­lows the CPC in Di­a­logue with World Po­lit­i­cal Par­ties High-level Meet­ing, held in Bei­jing in De­cem­ber 2017, and will ac­tively co­op­er­ate with the Fo­rum on China-Africa Co­op­er­a­tion Sum­mit, to be held in Septem­ber.

Coun­tries that have not es­tab­lished diplo­matic re­la­tions with China could also at­tend such events, which could ex­pand China’s co­op­er­a­tion, said ex­perts.

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