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08:10, November 19, 2010

Chinese vice president calls for stronger FOCAC


Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping delivers a speech at the opening ceremony of the Seminar Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Pretoria, South Africa, Nov. 18, 2010. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei) Visiting Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Thursday called here for concerted efforts to make the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) stronger and to boost the development of the new type of China- Africa strategic partnership.

Addressing a seminar marking the 10th anniversary of the establishment of FOCAC, Xi proposed to strengthen strategic planning, practical cooperation and institution building of FOCAC so as to make it a solid base for political mutual trust, a major engine driving common development and an efficient and mature platform for China-Africa cooperation.

Meanwhile, more cultural and people-to-people exchanges should be conducted to make FOCAC an emotional bond to deepen China- Africa traditional friendship, said Xi.

Xi stressed that China and African countries have to continue to respect, trust and support each other and treat each other as equals. The two sides should stand at a strategic high as they draw plans for the development of China-Africa relations, and should have closer dialogue and consultation within the FOCAC framework, enhance coordination and cooperation on global issues of mutual interest, strive to increase the say and representation of developing countries in the international system, and ensure better development of both China and Africa as the international configuration further evolves.
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