|Wang Yi: China-Africa Friendship Will Continue to Be the Backbone in South-South Cooperation and a Fine Example in International Relations|
On August 18, 2022, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi chaired the Coordinators' Meeting on the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Beijing via video link.
Wang Yi said that the achievements in China-Africa cooperation have not come easily, and we have much more to look forward to in the future. Fruitful China-Africa cooperation will add fresh impetus to global development, generate positive energy for world stability, and bring new hopes to people around the world. We are confident that China-Africa friendship will stand any test of winds and storms, and will continue to be the backbone in South-South cooperation and a fine example in international relations.
Wang Yi stressed that China upholds openness and win-win results, promotes the sound development of international cooperation with Africa, welcomes continued interest in and support for Africa from the international community, and would also like to, with the consent of African brothers, carry out trilateral or multi-party cooperation in Africa. What Africa wishes for is a favorable and amicable cooperation environment, not the zero-sum Cold War mentality. What Africa would welcome is mutually beneficial cooperation for the greater well-being of the people, not major-country rivalry for geopolitical gains. The FOCAC mechanism has traveled a journey of over two decades, and has played a positive role in charting a right course for international cooperation with Africa. Under the new circumstances, China will continue to work with African friends to enhance the institution-building of FOCAC to jointly boost its well-established credentials. China will actively consider institutionalizing the coordinators' meeting and work to mobilize more resources in favor of Africa so that the FOCAC will continue to be a standard-bearer of cooperation with Africa.