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Seventh China-Africa Think Tank Forum Held in Beijing

Date: 2018-07-16
On 4 and 5 July, the seventh China -Africa Think Tank Forum was held in Beijing by the Chinese Follow-up Committee of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), the Center for International Strategic Research of the Counsellors' Office of the State Council (COSC), and the Institute of African Studies of Zhejiang Normal University.

This forum is an important side event of the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit. Participants from the political and academic circles and the media in China and about 50 African countries took part in an extensive discussion on China's reform and opening up and China-Africa relations.

                                                              Opening Ceremony

 Mr. Chen Xiaodong said the past 40 years was extraordinary for China-Africa relations and cooperation. Remarkable achievements were made and the peoples gained real benefits. In its cooperation with Africa, China follows three principles in thinking and practice: first, attaching no political strings; second, serving the social and economic development of the partner country; and third, win-win and intensive operation. The results of this cooperation are tangible. The attempt by some to make falseful accusations against it and defame it will only be rejected. In fact, it has already been rebuked by many African countries and their peoples. China hopes these countries will take real actions to promote Africa's development, not holding it back. The year 2018 is momentus in China-Africa relations. The FOCAC Beijing Summit focuses on the theme of "China and Africa: Toward an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation". The two sides will take the opportunities presented by the Summit and jointly chart their way forward, enriching China-Africa relations and cooperation in the new era and opening a new chapter in China-Africa cooperation under the Belt and Road initiative. 
 

Mr. Zhang Yantong Delivering a Speech
 
Mr. Zhang Yantong noted that in the past 40 years of reform and opening up, the Chinese people made remarkable achievements with their hard work. Socialism with Chinese characteristics is brimming with vitality, and China is making more contribution to the world. Reform and opening up is a never-ending process. It is the critical recipe for China's effort to develop into a strong socialist modern country and realize the Chinese dream of great national renewal. President Xi Jinping developed important thoughts on how China should continue reform and opening-up in the new era based on historical experience and the new realities of today. These thoughts include: the CPC's leadership over all areas of work; a people-centered approach; the five-sphered integrated plan and the four-pronged comprehensive strategy; innovative, coordinated, green, open, and shared development; a new type of international relations and a community with a shared future for mankind; and strict self-governance of the CPC.
 
Mr. Justin Yifu Lin made a keynote speech on China's development bringing opportunities for Africa. He noted that China is working on the Belt and Road initiative, external cooperation on production capacity, and cooperation with Africa. There efforts by the world's top trading nation and second largest economy will bring important opportunities for the industrialization, modernization, development and poverty reduction in African countries.
 
In the topical discussions, academics focused on three topics, "40 years of reform and opening up in China and China-Africa relations", "experience of China and Africa in finding their own path of development", and "China-Africa think tank cooperation-for stronger communication capabilities and discourse power". Ideas were exchanged on China's development experience, opportunities and challenges for the independent sustainable development of Africa, complementarity of China and Africa in development, China-Africa production capacity cooperation, infrastructure and agricultural cooperation, international power of discourse of Asian and African countries, Chinese and African think tanks contributing to national political and economic development, China-Africa communication cooperation in terms of films, TV productions, and new media.  


discussion underway 

China's Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong, Mr. Zhang Yantong, Vice Chairman of the COSC, and Mr. Justin Yifu Lin, Counsellor at the COSC and Director of the Institute of New Structural Economics of Peking University, attended and addressed the opening ceremony.