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Wang Yi: China Will Practice the Values of Friendship, Justice and Shared Interests, and Aid Africa's Sustainable Development
2017/01/10

On January 9, 2017 local time, when jointly meeting the press with Minister of Foreign Affairs Augustine Mahiga of Tanzania in Dar es Salaam, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said that China will actively practice the values of friendship, justice and shared interests proposed by President Xi Jinping and aid African countries to seek independent and sustainable development.

Wang Yi expressed that President Xi Jinping paid a historic visit to Africa in 2013, during which he put forward the cooperation policy towards Africa featuring sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith, opening up a new chapter for China-Africa cooperation. President Xi Jinping also innovatively proposed the values of friendship, justice and shared interests with more importance on the former, which has become an important guiding principle on deepening cooperation between China and vast developing countries in the new era. For Africa, the core concept of the values of friendship, justice and shared interests is to closely combine China's future and fate with that of Africa as well as help African countries to seek independent and sustainable development through cooperation with Africa so as to ultimately realize the common prosperity of China and Africa.

Wang Yi pointed out that the values of friendship, justice and shared interests have distinctive Chinese characteristics and features of the times. It not only inherits the fine tradition of the Chinese diplomacy, but also conforms to the epochal trend of market economy and globalization. When carrying out cooperation with Africa, China will continue to adhere to the principles of non-interference in internal affairs, no political strings attached, not imposing on people and not at the expense of ecological environment. China will effectively comply with the concept of "sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith", follow the important principles of equality and mutual benefit, abide by the laws and regulations of African countries and respect local customs and habits.

Wang Yi noted that at present, China and Africa are speeding up the implementation of all consensus reached at the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and actively advancing the ten major China-Africa cooperation plans that aim to help Africa achieve industrialization and agricultural modernization. During this process, China will consistently practice the values of friendship, justice and shared interests, further integrate development strategies with all African countries including Tanzania, further deepen production capacity cooperation and further strengthen infrastructure and other connectivity construction so as to make unremitting efforts to the revitalization of the Africa continent and the common development and prosperity of China and Africa.

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