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China-Africa cooperation is a ‘win-win’ cooperation – African leaders

Many African leaders believe that China-Africa cooperation is an equal benefit for both China and the African continent on areas of socio-economic and prospect developments.

Different leaders from various African states say they believe in China’s friendship and they also subscribe to One-China policy.

With China as Africa’s ‘best friend’ leaders say many projects have become possible which were seen as just a pipe dream and unlikely.

During the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) on December 2015, Chinese President Xi Jinping pledged $60 billion on investments and loans to the African continent.

The money is used to build new infrastructural projects, go towards health, education and agricultural activities as well as other sustainable projects like ICT and poverty reduction programmes.

At the Johannesburg summit, South African President Jacob Zuma lauded China’s commitment and their continued support to Africa.

South Africa co-chair the FOCAC and Zuma said closer ties between Africa and China will be “win-win” cooperation.

“The cooperation with China is based on sincerity, mutual trust, equality, win-win cooperation and mutual benefit.

“Africa and China are together a fraternal community with a shared and prosperous future,” he said.

In his closing remarks, Zuma said both sides want to prosper together.

Kenya’s foreign Minster Amina Mohamed, in an interview with Xinhua on the sidelines of the African Union (AU) summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia last week, said with the cooperation, Africa has been able to address many left-behind issues.

Mohammed said China-Africa cooperation is contributing to a visible development in Africa on a win-win base.

“We have a good partnership, which is built on that principle of win-win and it has been able to address many of the issues that had been left behind or ignored or whereby we didn’t have development support to get moving,” she said.

President Xi Jinping, then at the Johannesburg summit, said China and Africa share a common future adding that Chinese and Africans have forged profound friendship through our common historical experience and in our common struggles.

“What has made China-Africa friendship durable and vigorous is that our two sides have always been guided by the principle of treating each other as equals, promoting win-win progress and common development and enhancing sincere friendship and cooperation,” said Xi.

China and Africa, according to the Chinese President, will forever remain good friends, good partners and good brothers.

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