African Brothers and Sisters,
For China-Africa cooperation in the new era, a blueprint has been drawn and it now all comes down to implementation. China will work with Africa to deliver on its commitment with concrete and effective actions, and fully and effectively implement the agreements and outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing Summit. Over the past three days, I met separately and had detailed discussions with each and every one of the over 20 African foreign ministers attending the Coordinators' Meeting. We reached important consensus in the following four areas:
First, we need to keep to the fundamental direction of building a China-Africa community with a shared future. China and Africa need to maintain the momentum of high-level exchanges, enhance experience sharing on governance and elevate the China-Africa comprehensive strategic and cooperative partnership to a new level. China will firmly support African countries in upholding sovereignty, independence and territorial integrity, exploring the development path suited to their national conditions, and safeguarding peace and stability in the region. And China supports the efforts of the AU to seek greater strength through unity. China will work with our African brothers in a pioneering effort of building a community with a shared future for mankind, and provide new impetus to global peace and development.
Second, we need to remain committed to jointly developing the Belt and Road Initiative. The second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation, successfully held in Beijing in April this year, has set out the direction for high-quality Belt and Road cooperation. China will follow the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, strengthen the synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative, the eight major initiatives and the development strategies of African countries, and channel more resources of Belt and Road cooperation to Africa. We need to further tap the market potential and share development opportunities with each other. This will help Africa convert its resource endowments into development strengths to achieve true economic independence after winning political independence. We need to take forward project cooperation based on market principles to ensure real economic and social benefits. We need to effectively advance the feasibility study, planning, execution andoperation of projects to make sure that they truly improve African countries' capacity for self-driven and sustainable development. We need to solidify the intellectual foundation, learn from each other, and support Africa in training more professionals. We need to pursue cooperation in emerging sectors and embrace the technological revolution so that African people will also benefit from the latest achievements of human progress.
Third, we need to uphold the just cause of multilateralism. Against the backdrop of rising unilateralism and protectionism, resurgent Cold-War mentality and talk of clash of civilizations, we, China and Africa, need to unequivocally uphold the UN Charter and the basic norms governing international relations, and take a clear stand against unilateralism, protectionism and bullyism in all manifestations. By doing so, we will be safeguarding not only our own legitimate development rights, but also the common interests of all developing countries and emerging economies, and, for that matter, we will be upholding international fairness and justice. We must never allow the law of the jungle to rule the world, nor should we accept the zero-sum game that puts the weak at the mercy of the strong. Our world in the 21st century must march forward with courage rather than move backward. All countries living in this global village need to work together like passengers in the same boat, rather than sail against the currentof our times.
Fourth, we need to promote the spirit of equal and open cooperation. Colonization has been ended once and for all. Africa belongs to the people of Africa. The African continent is the common homeland for the 1.3 billion African people, not a sphere of influence for any major country. We call on all countries to engage and embrace Africa on the basis of equality and with an open mind. China-Africa cooperation, as part of the international cooperation with Africa, not only contributes to the common development of China and Africa, but also catalyzes greater international cooperation with Africa. By leveraging such catalytic role of its cooperation with Africa, China will encourage other members of the international community to increase investment in Africa. China will also work with other countries to pool our strengths to help African countries fasten development and rejuvenation, and make life more colorful and rewarding for the African people.
African Brothers and Sisters,
All countries are entitled to development and progress, a right that both the Chinese and African peoples are exercising in our abiding pursuit of the Chinese Dream and the African Dream with our own efforts and through international cooperation. At the FOCAC Beijing Summit, President Xi Jinping articulated the principles guiding China's cooperation and relations with Africa. A “four-uphold” approach in pursuing cooperation with Africa: uphold sincerity, friendship and equality, uphold common interests while putting friendship first, uphold a people-oriented approach in pursuing practical cooperation with efficiency, and uphold openness and inclusiveness. And a “five-no” approach in our relations with Africa: no interference in African countries' pursuit of development path that fits their national conditions; no interference in African countries' internal affairs; no imposition of our will on African countries; no attachment of political strings to assistance to Africa; and no seeking of selfish political gains in investment and financing cooperation with Africa. These principles represent a rock-solid promise that we intend to keep with concrete effort. No interference will weaken our resolve to strengthen cooperation with Africa, nor will any obstacle stop China and Africa from working together for rejuvenation.
Last but not least, over the past two days, nearly every African foreign minister I met congratulated China on the successful election of Dr. Qu Dongyu as Director-General of the FAO. They were so happy and excited as if a member of their family had been elected. China understands that its success is attributable to the support of other countries, and in particular, the most staunch support from Africa. I wish to take this opportunity to express my most sincere thanks to all of you and to all our African brothers and sisters. From now on, there will be one more good friend of Africa in the UN agencies. As Director-General, Dr. Qu will surely serve the global agenda of the FAO. At the same time, the fact that he comes from the largest developing country, a country that understands Africa, has given us confidence that the FAO will make even greater contribution to helping Africa achieve the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and address its challenges on food security and agricultural development.
In conclusion, I wish this meeting a full success.