To download APD News app

1. Please scan the QR Code 2. Download and install APD News App

APD REVIEW | How to build closer China-Africa Community with shared future?

Top News2018-09-04

By APD Writer Sun HongThe 2018 Beijing Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Be is wrapping up, which has unveiled new guiding values and concrete initiatives for the upcoming years. To better understand the summit’s results, i.e., a more vibrant China-Africa Community with a shared future, it requires seeing China-Africa relations from three aspects.First of all, the previous innumerable achievements in China-Africa ties have laid a solid foundation for this summit. Since its birth in 2000, the FOCAC has propelled a full-dimensional cooperation between China and its African countries: a China-Africa Comprehensive Strategic Partnership has been established in 2015; China has been the largest trading partner of Africa for nine consecutive years. The Chinese FDI kept flooding into the promising continent, with a total stock of 30 billion USD. Chinese contractors have undertaken almost half of the infrastructure projects on the continent. Social welfare and capacity building are equally among the top agenda of the FOCAC. Chinese professionals, including more than 1,000 agricultural experts, nearly 300 medical staff, over 2,000 blue helmets have been working in Africa and devoted their youth even life to the great cause of China-Africa friendship. As of today, it goes without saying that China and Africa have long enjoyed a smoothly running win-win cooperation based on sincerity and affinity. Secondly, the FOCAC Beijing summit is timely held considering the rapidly changing international landscape. On one hand, the past decade has seen a sluggish world economy recovery, unexpectedly rising populism and unilateralism in some developed countries that drive some of them to more concentrate on their domestic affairs. On the other hand, the pace towards a more integrated and less aid-dependent Africa is accelerating, driven by 20 years of fast-growing economy in Africa with an annual economic growth of five percent. However, the momentum has encountered headwind since 2014. Moreover, with chronic challenges including terrorism, insufficient governance delivery and epidemic diseases, a shadow is casted over the already glooming prospect. There’re growing concerns that without adequate external support, not only will Africa suffer, but also will the rest of the world bear sour consequences. It is against this backdrop that China and Africa decided to hold this summit and build a closer relationship by integrating the FOCAC and the Belt and Road Initiative, which has been one important propelling force for the African development since 2013. As being put quite clearly by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the common prosperity of China and Africa provides a huge opportunity for the two sides. The world’s future resides in the rising Africa.Thirdly, the FOCAC Beijing Summit defines six core values of China-Africa community with a shared future. New initiatives are also outlined for the next few years. The six core values highlight six spheres, namely political, economy, social welfare, cultural, security and ecology. These values reflect the current agenda of both sides. For example, President Xi appeals for harmony between man and nature. It’s in China’s interest to work with Africa to achieve economic prosperity while preserving a “Beautiful Africa”. As for the Eight Initiatives, the scope and level of cooperation are upgraded compared with the Ten Cooperation Plans of 2015 Johannesburg Summit. It responds to the imminent concerns of both China and Africa. For example, the issue of trade imbalance has long been put on the negotiation table. During this summit, the emphasis has been laid on this matter with a series of trade facilitation programs being put forward.As an old African saying goes, if you want to go fast, walk alone; If you want to go far, walk together. With the new initiatives and guiding values, a closer community with a shared future for China-Africa is shaping up. It requires trust, joint efforts and coordination from all actors of interests from both sides. Ms. Sun Hong is Assistant Research Professor from Institutes of African Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations(CICIR). Her research is focused on Sino-Africa relations, especially in terms of security issues, Francophone Africa studies.She got a M.A. in French literature from Peking University. She has conducted field research in a dozen of African countries. She can speak Chinese, English, French fluently and Kiswahili as beginner.(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

By APD Writer Sun Hong

The 2018 Beijing Summit of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Be is wrapping up, which has unveiled new guiding values and concrete initiatives for the upcoming years. To better understand the summit’s results, i.e., a more vibrant China-Africa Community with a shared future, it requires seeing China-Africa relations from three aspects.

First of all, the previous innumerable achievements in China-Africa ties have laid a solid foundation for this summit. Since its birth in 2000, the FOCAC has propelled a full-dimensional cooperation between China and its African countries: a China-Africa Comprehensive Strategic Partnership has been established in 2015; China has been the largest trading partner of Africa for nine consecutive years. The Chinese FDI kept flooding into the promising continent, with a total stock of 30 billion USD. Chinese contractors have undertaken almost half of the infrastructure projects on the continent. 

Social welfare and capacity building are equally among the top agenda of the FOCAC. Chinese professionals, including more than 1,000 agricultural experts, nearly 300 medical staff, over 2,000 blue helmets have been working in Africa and devoted their youth even life to the great cause of China-Africa friendship. 

17.jpg

As of today, it goes without saying that China and Africa have long enjoyed a smoothly running win-win cooperation based on sincerity and affinity. 

Secondly, the FOCAC Beijing summit is timely held considering the rapidly changing international landscape. On one hand, the past decade has seen a sluggish world economy recovery, unexpectedly rising populism and unilateralism in some developed countries that drive some of them to more concentrate on their domestic affairs. 

On the other hand, the pace towards a more integrated and less aid-dependent Africa is accelerating, driven by 20 years of fast-growing economy in Africa with an annual economic growth of five percent. However, the momentum has encountered headwind since 2014. Moreover, with chronic challenges including terrorism, insufficient governance delivery and epidemic diseases, a shadow is casted over the already glooming prospect. 

There’re growing concerns that without adequate external support, not only will Africa suffer, but also will the rest of the world bear sour consequences. It is against this backdrop that China and Africa decided to hold this summit and build a closer relationship by integrating the FOCAC and the Belt and Road Initiative, which has been one important propelling force for the African development since 2013. As being put quite clearly by Chinese President Xi Jinping, the common prosperity of China and Africa provides a huge opportunity for the two sides. The world’s future resides in the rising Africa.

Thirdly, the FOCAC Beijing Summit defines six core values of China-Africa community with a shared future. New initiatives are also outlined for the next few years. The six core values highlight six spheres, namely political, economy, social welfare, cultural, security and ecology. These values reflect the current agenda of both sides. 

For example, President Xi appeals for harmony between man and nature. It’s in China’s interest to work with Africa to achieve economic prosperity while preserving a “Beautiful Africa”. As for the Eight Initiatives, the scope and level of cooperation are upgraded compared with the Ten Cooperation Plans of 2015 Johannesburg Summit. It responds to the imminent concerns of both China and Africa. For example, the issue of trade imbalance has long been put on the negotiation table. During this summit, the emphasis has been laid on this matter with a series of trade facilitation programs being put forward.

As an old African saying goes, if you want to go fast, walk alone; If you want to go far, walk together. With the new initiatives and guiding values, a closer community with a shared future for China-Africa is shaping up. It requires trust, joint efforts and coordination from all actors of interests from both sides. 


Ms. Sun Hong is Assistant Research Professor from Institutes of African Studies, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations(CICIR). Her research is focused on Sino-Africa relations, especially in terms of security issues, Francophone Africa studies.

She got a M.A. in French literature from Peking University. She has conducted field research in a dozen of African countries. She can speak Chinese, English, French fluently and Kiswahili as beginner.

APD Review.jpg

(ASIA PACIFIC DAILY)

Hot Recommended