Museveni In Beijing China For Focac Summit

Museveni In Beijing China For Focac Summit

In all, leaders from 53 African nations are expected to take part in next week's Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

The most fundamental principle of multilateralism is to address global issues through consultation in accordance with the collectively agreed rules, with each country's interests and concerns taken into consideration, Xi said.

Zimbabwe and China have excellent bilateral relations anchored in a shared history and friendship that dates back to the days of the liberation struggle and President Mnangagwa's second visit to China since his ascendency in November past year is expected to inject new vitality and renew the call for a shared future with the Asian country.

China is all set to showcase its growing influence in Africa at the next Monday's China-Africa summit to be attended by a number of African leaders where President Xi Jinping is expected to announce new projects under the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI).

At the sixth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), President Xi pledged $60 billion to support China-Africa cooperation initiatives, increasing lending to at least $20 billion a year.

At a time when US Foreign Policy is premised on the "America First" slogan, China is emphasising its win-win approach with African countries.

The meeting is expected to adopt the Beijing Declaration on Building an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future between China and Africa, and the FOCAC-Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021).

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"When it comes to the debt problem, there really is not that much Chinese debt in Africa", said Qian.

China and Africa represent different stages on the same development path, with Africa remaining in a primary stage of development with huge potential yet to be unleashed. Since 2009, China has become Africa's leading trading partner.

China's resolve in comprehensively deepening reform is unchanged. This, he said, would help African countries in infrastructure planning, design, construction, operation and maintenance, particularly in the sectors of railways, roads, regional aviation, ports, electricity and telecommunications.

He said when Xi Jinping visited South Africa two months ago, they spoke about the need to strengthen high-level exchanges, deepen mutual trust, and increase exchanges between government, legislative bodies on how they can cooperate.

One of the important aspects of the upcoming FOCAC summit is to assess progress made on these ten cooperation plans and to strategise on the priority plans for the next three years. Bilateral relations between the People's Republic of China and South Africa are conducted through the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and are anchored in a shared history of friendship and solidarity.

That is why the World Bank is looking for the lessons from China's experience which can be replicated in the rest of the developing world.

The Chinese dream meets the African dream in Agenda 2063, the continent's development blueprint.

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