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Beijing declaration, action plan adopted at FOCAC summit

Updated: Sep 5,2018 8:13 AM     Xinhua

President Xi Jinping chairs the first phase of the roundtable meeting of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 4, 2018.[Photo/Xinhua]

BEIJING — A declaration and an action plan were adopted on Sept 4 at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The Beijing Declaration — Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future and the FOCAC Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021) were adopted at the two-phase roundtable meeting, chaired respectively by President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, the co-chair of the forum.

President Xi Jinping chairs the first phase of the roundtable meeting of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 4, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Xi said the summit over the past two days repeated the call for China-Africa win-win cooperation and common development.

Xi said the leaders have unanimously decided to build a China-Africa community with a shared future that assumes joint responsibility, pursues win-win cooperation, delivers happiness for all, enjoys cultural prosperity, ensures common security, and promotes harmony between man and nature.

President Xi Jinping chairs the first phase of the roundtable meeting of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 4, 2018.[Photo/Xinhua]

Xi said they have unanimously adopted the summit’s outcome documents, setting the direction for the development of China-Africa relations.

Xi said they have agreed to develop FOCAC into a brand of China-Africa solidarity and cooperation, and a banner that guides international cooperation with Africa under the principle of consultation, cooperation and benefit for all.

President Xi Jinping chairs the first phase of the roundtable meeting of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 4, 2018. [Photo/Xinhua]

Xi said they have decided to firmly uphold an open world economy and the multilateral trading system, while opposing protectionism and unilateralism.

The vigorous development of China-Africa cooperation has not only promoted the progress of Africa, but also inspired international partners to pay closer attention to Africa and increase their input into and cooperation with the continent, Xi said.

President Xi Jinping, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is the African co-chair of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and heads of delegation of other 53 African members of the FOCAC, arrive at the venue of the roundtable meeting of the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 4, 2018. Xi and Ramaphosa chaired the two-phase roundtable meeting respectively on Sept 4. [Photo/Xinhua]

African leaders spoke highly of the summit and agreed that it was a historic meeting strengthening Africa-China solidarity and cooperation.

President Xi Jinping arrives at the venue of the roundtable meeting of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing, capital of China, Sept 4, 2018. Xi chaired the first phase of the roundtable meeting at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept 4. [Photo/Xinhua]

They expressed support and appreciation for the Belt and Road Initiative, believing that the joint building of the Belt and Road by Africa and China will speed up African regional integration.

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