China backs Africa to silence guns by 2020

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President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China has reaffirmed his country’s support for the African Union’s goal of silencing the guns by 2020, as well as the integration of the continent.

In addition, President Xi announced the launch of new programmes to support the AU efforts on the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention; regional infrastructure; investments and the Free Trade Area; civil aviation; the African Standby Force and the fight against terrorism; as well as advancing education; and capacity building.

The Chinese leader made the announcement at his meeting with African Union Commission (AUC) Chairperson Moussa Faki Mahamat, in the aftermath of the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Beijing from 2-4 September 2018.

President Xi Jinping took the opportunity to express his appreciation for the crucial role played by the AU in advancing the continent and achieving its unity.

During the meeting, Mr. Mahamat and President Xi reiterated their commitment to work towards the continued deepening of the partnership between the AU and China, building on the Declaration and Plan of Action adopted by the FOCAC Summit, as well as on the announcements made by President Xi Jinping on that occasion, emphasizing the centrality of FOCAC as an exemplary tool for win-win cooperation.

“In this context, they highlighted the synergy between the Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) and Agenda 2063. They committed to do everything possible to ensure that both parties take full advantage of this synergy,” said an official communiqué on the meeting.

On 2 September, the AUC Chairperson signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation within the framework of the BRI with the Chairperson of the National Development and Reform Commission and Vice Chairman of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference.

Mr. Mahamat and President Xi Jinping also reaffirmed their commitment to multilateralism and respect for international law, as well as the need for greater efforts to promote the emergence of a truly inclusive global governance system that reflects today’s world realities.

They noted that Africa and China, which alone represent one-third of humanity, constitute a major force on the international scene.

According to the communiqué, the two leaders welcomed the establishment of the African Union Mission in China as a tool for strengthening the strategic partnership between Africa and China. The solemn launch ceremony of the Mission was held on 2 September under the joint chairmanship of the AUC Chairperson and China’s State Councilor and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Wang Yi.

Mr. Mahamat thanked President Xi for China’s outstanding support for Africa and the Commission, as well as for the sincerity and friendship that characterize his country’s actions.