Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang held the eighth China-AU Strategic Dialogue with AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat at the AU headquarters on Tuesday.
Chinese Foreign Minister Qin Gang says the African Union is a banner for African countries to unite for development.
In recent years, under the leadership of the African Union, the momentum of regional integration has been strong, and the collective influence in international affairs has been increasing. China congratulates this and believes that the African Union will definitely be able to guide African countries achieve greater success on the journey of development and revitalization.
“China has always placed Africa as a priority in its diplomacy, carrying forward China-Africa friendship has become a glorious tradition and a distinctive foundation of China’s diplomacy, Qin said. “At present, China and the African Union maintain a good momentum of cooperation, continuously enhancing political mutual trust, and supporting each other on issues concerning each other’s core interests and major concerns. China will continue to be development partners with Africa for common growth, and join hands to build a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era.”
African Union Chair Mahamat reiterated Qin’s comments saying that China always stood with Africa when it fought for independence and liberation.
“China stands with Africa in its process to accelerate development and to participate more in international affairs. We cherish China’s strong support for African integration, interconnection and free trade area construction, and look forward to working with China to jointly promote the construction of a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era.”
China took the lead in backing the African Union to join the G20, supporting African countries in enhancing their representation and voice in the UN Security Council and other international organizations.
The two sides are full of confidence in the prospects of China-Africa relations, emphasizing that they will intensify high-level exchanges, align more closely their development strategies, and focus on practical cooperation. Qin said that China will continue to play a constructive role in maintaining peace and security in Africa.
After the talks, the two sides signed cooperation documents such as the economic and technical agreement on the Africa Centers for Disease Control, and jointly attended the completion ceremony of the headquarters of the facility.