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Xi Jinping Sends a Congratulatory Message to the Coordinators' Meeting on Implementation of Follow-up Actions of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)

2019-06-25

On June 25, 2019, the Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on the China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was held in Beijing. President Xi Jinping sent a congratulatory message to extend warm congratulations to the opening of the meeting.

Xi Jinping pointed out that the FOCAC Beijing Summit successfully held last September stands as a milestone in the history of China-Africa relations. Chinese and African leaders agreed, at the Summit, to synergize their Belt and Road cooperation with the AU's Agenda 2063 and the development strategies of individual African countries, to build a China-Africa community with a shared future that features joint responsibility, win-win cooperation, happiness for all, common cultural prosperity, common security, and harmonious co-existence, and to jointly deliver on the eight major initiatives for China-Africa cooperation, thus drawing up a new blueprint for taking China-Africa relations to greater heights. I am delighted to see that our two sides have been working together actively to follow through on the outcomes of the Summit, and have produced a number of satisfying "early harvests" that have brought tangible benefits to the Chinese and African people.

Xi Jinping stressed that the world today is marked by changes unseen in a century and the collective rise of developing countries. Cooperation between China and Africa and our shared development will contribute significantly to building the strength of developing countries and to fostering a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind. I hope our two sides, guided by the principle of extensive consultation, joint contribution and shared benefits, will seize this Coordinators' Meeting as a new opportunity to increase communication and synergy, deepen unity and cooperation, and strive for concrete progress in the implementation of the follow-up actions of the Beijing Summit and in Belt and Road cooperation, thus enhancing the wellbeing of the 2.6 billion Chinese and African people, and contributing to an even stronger China-Africa community with a shared future.

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