China’s and Africa’s increasing cooperation

Some articles published on the english ‘Peoples daily online‘:

The Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) opens at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China, on Nov. 4, 2006. Leaders or representatives of China, 48 African countries and the African Union Commission attended the two-day summit, focusing on “friendship, peace, cooperation and development”. (See here their official website, with news and comments).

The page – with 37 this-year’s articles – about economic cooperation.

Some documents about the summit.

Backgrounders on the China-Africa relations.

And some last articles out of this event:

1): Action plan encourages joint energy exploration, stressing sustainable development, November 6, 2006 – China and African countries are ” resolved” to bolster their companies’ joint energy exploration and exploitation under the principle of reciprocity, says an action plan endorsed by Chinese and African leaders at a landmark summit Sunday afternoon. China, with one third of its total crude imports coming from Africa, pledges to help African countries “turn their advantages in energy and resources into development strengths”, while at the same time protecting local environment and promoting sustainable economic growth of the continent, the action plan says. It underscores that China will give “high priority” to the concerns over environment and sustainable development of Africa … (read the rest on People’s daily online).

2): China’s aid to Africa gives new impetus to cooperation, November 6, 2006 – African journalists covering the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Sunday said China’s offer to increase assistance to Africa would inject new vitality to their development and China-Africa cooperation. Some journalists spoke highly of China’s new aid offers for Africa when President Hu Jintao addressed Saturday’s opening ceremony of the landmark gathering in China-Africa history. In the aid package, China offered preferential loans, debt exemptions, favorable tariff policies as well as training of personnel. Artwell Karuru, a reporter working for Zimbabwean presidential office, told Xinhua that China’s assistance to Africa is “sincere, selfless and without conditions”, which has brought about ” concrete benefits” to African countries and people … (read the rest on People’s daily online).

3): UN chief hails China’s decision to double aid to Africa, November 5, 2006 – UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan welcomed on Saturday the announcement of the Chinese government to double its aid to Africa by 2009. In a statement released by his spokesman, Annan sent his warm congratulations to all participants in the Third Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation. He believed that “as Africans demonstrate renewed resolve to address the challenges confronting their continent, they can benefit greatly from the experience of their friends in China, who have had such success in sustaining growth and reducing poverty.” Annan noted that China and Africa have always spoken with one voice for common aims of development and economic progress … (read the rest on People’s daily online).

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