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COSC Actively Supports China-Africa Cooperation

Date: 2018-09-13


To implement the spirit of the FOCAC Beijing Summit and serve China’s diplomatic agenda, COSC and CCICH worked actively to organize events for China-Africa exchanges at different levels and in diverse forms to promote China-Africa cooperation.

On July 4th and 5th, 2018, the seventh meeting of the China-Africa Think Tank Forum was held in Beijing as a supporting event of the FOCAC Beijing Summit. It was hosted by the Secretariat of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of FOCAC and co-organized by the International Strategic Studies Center of COSC and the African Studies Institute of Zhejiang Normal University. More than 380 people attended the forum, including diplomats from 44 African countries, 52 African government officials, academics and journalists as well as Chinese government officials, think tank and media representatives. The participants had in-depth discussions on “Reform and Opening-up and China-Africa relations”, put forth advice for the Beijing Summit and reached broad consensus. This is the first event the COSC International Strategic Studies Center has organized to directly support national diplomatic events. Through the forum, the Center has improved its capability to serve national diplomatic agenda.

In recent years, COSC has leveraged its strength to host 1.5-Track diplomatic events and organized several delegations to visit Africa and have exchanges with local think tanks, share experiences and increase understanding.

In November 2017, COSC Vice Chairman Zhao Bing led a delegation to visit Ethiopia and had discussions with the African side on the ten cooperation plans and mechanisms for exchanges and cooperation. Counsellors Zhang Kangkang and Li Yuguang were in the delegation. In July 2018, a COSC delegation, which included Counsellors Liu Huan, Zhu Weijiu and Li Wu, visited Nigeria and Kenya. They had discussions with the Africa side on China-Nigeria and China Kenya economic cooperation and people-to-people exchanges. Counsellor Lin Yifu has been keenly interested in Africa’s economic and social development. Since the Belt and Road Initiative was proposed, he has made more than ten visits to Africa, including Tanzania, Guinea, Benin and Ethiopia. He advises on local economic and social development and is welcomed and appreciated by locals. Lin is the dean of the Institute of South-South Cooperation and Development, which was established at the initiative of President Xi Jinping. The institute has trained high-caliber professionals for Africa’s economic and social development.  In 2018, Professor Lin started a counsellors’ research program on the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Africa Production Capacity Cooperation. This program uses the platform of COSC to contribute wisdom to China-Africa cooperation. Counsellor Xu Songling recently made a policy advice on China-Africa cooperation titled “investment education should be an important part of China’s strategy for investing in Africa”.

COSC and CCICH will take the FOCAC Beijing Summit as an opportunity to find the converging points and growth points in China-Africa cooperation in the new era, and encourage counsellors and researchers to provide advice and wisdom for China-Africa cooperation.