FOCAC calls for harmony, shared future among member states

Adoba Echono, Abuja

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The 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, FOCAC, has called on member states to work in concert towards building a stronger community with a shared future for mankind.

This is contained in a declaration adopted at the end of the two-day summit held at the Beijing’s Great Hall of the People in China.

The declaration said China and Africa have agreed to strengthen collective dialogue, enhance traditional friendship and deepen practical cooperation.

“The cooperation between China and Africa under the Belt and Road initiative will generate more resources and means, expand the market and space for African development, and broaden its development prospects,” according to the declaration.”

The summit, it said, lauded the role FOCAC has played over the past 18 years to promote China-Africa relations and said the follow-up actions and the implementation of the Johannesburg summit have produced fruitful results.

In the declaration, China pledges to continue to strengthen solidarity and cooperation with African countries in keeping with the principle of sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith, and the principle of upholding justice while pursuing shared interests, as proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping.

China and Africa agreed to continue to give each other support in upholding territorial integrity, sovereignty, security and development interests.

“African members of FOCAC reaffirmed their commitment to the one-China principle, and their support for China’s reunification and China’s efforts in resolving territorial and maritime disputes peacefully through friendly consultation and negotiation.

“China pledges to work with African countries to synergise development strategies and increase experience sharing on governance, poverty reduction and development strategies.” The document said.

The leaders pledged to continue to bear zero tolerance toward corruption and strengthen the institutions and mechanisms for anti-corruption cooperation.

China and African countries welcome the launching of the African Anti-Corruption Year, pledging to take it as an opportunity to jointly fight corruption and promote integrity, the document added.

“China will, as always, offer assistance and support to Africa’s development with no political strings attached,” the document says.

It notes that China and African countries firmly uphold multilateralism and oppose all forms of unilateralism and protectionism.

China supports early progress in developing African Continental Free Trade Area and the Single African Air Transport Market.

It urges developed countries to honour their official development assistance commitments to developing countries, especially those in Africa, on time and in full.

In the declaration, China vows to firmly support African countries and regional organizations such as the AU in their efforts to independently resolve African problems in the African way, and to continue to play a constructive role, in light of the need of Africa, in providing good offices and mediation of African hotspot issues.