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China-Africa forum focuses on 'everlasting' ties, shared development

Strengthening ties and enhancing cooperation are the key areas in focus as the 8th Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) kicked off in Senegal’s capital Dakar on Monday.

Speaking at the opening ceremony, Senegal’s President Macky Sall said Africa and China want to further their common ambition of achieving shared prosperity.

The strength of the FOCAC lies in friendship, solidarity, trust, and respect, he said.

Sall said the forum’s five priority areas are health, security, agricultural modernization, technical and vocational training, and infrastructural and industrial development in Africa.

“We must continue to pursue our vision and ambitions for the future to deepen the China-Africa partnership and promote sustainable development to build a community with a shared future,” he said.

China’s President Xi Jinping, in his address via video link, hailed the “everlasting spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation … which features sincere friendship and equality, win-win for mutual benefit and common development, fairness and justice, and progress with the times and openness and inclusiveness.”


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