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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Paul Biya welcomes Beijing Declaration and FOCAC Action Plan

Cameroon’s President Paul Biya has endorsed the Beijing Declaration and FOCAC (Forum for China Africa Cooperation) Action Plan, calling the FOCAC summit an “important platform for dialogue and an effective mechanism for cooperation between China and African countries, based on solidarity and mutual respect”.

“The President of the Republic, His Excellency Paul Biya has endorsed the Beijing Declaration and a three-year action plan adopted at the end of the third summit of Heads of State and Government of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC),” the President announced on his official website.

“H.E. Paul Biya also welcomed the fact that at the multilateral level, Africa and China have a broad convergence of views on regional and international affairs, peaceful resolution of conflicts, non-interference in internal affairs and respect for the territorial integrity of States” he statement added.

“Upholding such principles remains a contributory factor to international peace and security”.

Chinese and African leaders adopted a declaration and an Action plan on Tuesday September 4 for the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, according to Chinese state media, Xinhua.

The declaration titled “Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future and the FOCAC Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021) were adopted at the two-phase round-table meeting, chaired respectively by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, the co-chair of the forum”.

The Chinese government has promised to make China-Africa cooperation a win-win for both sides. President Xi said, “the leaders have unanimously decided to build a China-Africa community with a shared future that assumes joint responsibility, pursues win-win cooperation, delivers happiness for all, enjoys cultural prosperity, ensures common security, and promotes harmony between man and nature”.

On Monday 3 September 2018, forty-six African heads of states gathered in the refreshing breeze and picturesque autumn scenery of Beijing, the People’s Republic of China (PRC) along with the Chinese president, Xi Jinping, for the opening of the seventh Ministerial Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

In his official address, Xi Jinping told his African guests that in the next three years (2019-2021), China would provide US$60 billion to 53 African countries as grants, interest free loans and concessional loans, credits lines, and development financing across health, manufacturing, education, mining, and energy sectors.

China-Africa relations have come under heavy criticism over the past decades, as China’s debts on African states have raised concerns over a debt crisis reminiscent of the late 1990s. Chinese officials have dismissed some of these worries as western interference in China-Africa affairs.