by Guo Qian
Jointly set up by China and Africa in October 2000, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has made abundant achievements in the last decade, boosting the development of the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership in an all-round and tangible way.
The FOCAC, a collective consultation and dialogue mechanism between China and African countries, is the first of its kind in the history of China-Africa relations. It is a major future- oriented move taken by both sides in the context of South-South cooperation to seek common development in the new situation.
Besides four ministerial meetings, the forum held a summit in November 2006 in Beijing, when Chinese President Hu Jintao and his African counterparts agreed unanimously to building "a new type of strategic partnership featuring political equality and mutual trust, economic win-win cooperation and cultural exchanges". It is an important milestone and beacon for the China-Africa relation development in the new times. The Chinese government has fully implemented the eight initiatives of assistance developed at a series of ministerial conferences and particularly at the Beijing Summit. Moreover, a new set of eight initiatives has been launched since the 4th Ministerial Conference of FOCAC last year.
With a prosperous FOCAC, China-Africa relations registered considerable progress in all sectors. Over the past 10 years, mutual political trust had continued to deepen between China and Africa, practical cooperation had progressed on multiple fronts and exchanges and mutual learning had intensified, noted Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping, addressing a seminar marking the 10th anniversary of FOCAC last month in Pretoria, South Africa.【1】 【2】 【3】 【4】 【5】 【6】