China is not Africa’s new colonial power - Ramaphosa


"Established 18 years ago, FOCAC has led worldwide cooperation with Africa and has become a significant marker of South-South cooperation", said Li Dan, director of Africa Studies Center of China Foreign Affairs University. Over the past five years, there were more than 100 activities on cultural exchanges and 200 cultural cooperation projects.

China will carry out 50 projects on green development and environmental protection in Africa, focusing on fighting climate change, desertification and wildlife protection, the Chinese leader said.

China will host more than 1,000 African representatives from over 600 enterprises, business groups, and research institutions at an upcoming conference of Chinese and African entrepreneurs.

"For three years, cooperation between China and Africa has deepened and political mutual trust promoted", said Li Dan.

Chinese officials say this year's summit will strengthen Africa's role in Xi's Belt and Road initiative to link China by sea and land with Southeast and Central Asia, the Middle East, Europe and Africa through an infrastructure network modeled on the old Silk Road.

At a time when President Trump is picking trade fights with the United States' neighbors and allies, the Chinese leader has appeared to relish the opportunity to appear as a popular global statesman and champion of the liberal economic order.

Over the past 18 years, achievements have been made in political, economic and people-to-people exchanges between China and Africa.

Nations across Africa are hoping that China's enthusiasm for infrastructure investment will help promote industrialisation on the continent.

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Xi said China would set up a China-Africa peace and security fund and continue providing free military aid to the African Union. China's exports to Africa grew by 2.7 per cent to $94.74 billion, while its imports rose by 32.8 per cent to $75.26 billion.

People-to-people cooperation is taking on a new look.

Africa has long embraced Chinese investment, helping make Beijing the continent's largest trading partner for the past decade.

Also present at the summit are Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya; Cyril Ramaphosa, President of the Republic of South Africa, among others. He said that at all times, China's relationship with Africa was guided by the principles of "the principle of greater good and shared good faith" because the country valued sincerity and equality in cooperation.

However, Aly-Khan Satchu, an economic analyst based in Nairobi, the Kenyan capital, told Al Jazeera there were "real worries about "debt-trap diplomacy" on the African continent".

The country meant to bring 200 young Africans to China for a skills exchange programme. China welcomes Africa's participation in the Silk Road International League of Theaters, the Silk Road International Museum Alliance and the Network of Silk Road Art Festivals.

"Given the complex and changing worldwide situation and the development of individual countries, China-Africa wisdom and solutions that can be helpful to global governance are expected from the summit", Li Dan said.