State Councilor and Foreign Minter of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Wang Yi arrived in Asmara in the evening hours of today, 4 January, for a two-day official visit.
Upon arrival at the Asmara International Airport, Mr. Wang Yi was accorded warm welcome by Mr. Osman Saleh, Minister of Foreign Affairs, and other senior Government and PFDJ officials.
During his stay in Asmara, Mr. Wang Yi will meet and hold talks with President Isaias Afwerki and Foreign Minister, Mr. Osman Saleh on strengthening bilateral relations and issues of mutual interest to the two countries.
The strong relations between China and Africa have been significantly enhanced by two recent events, which auger well for future cooperation.
The Chinese government released its first comprehensive and constructive white paper on China-Africa cooperation, titled “China and Africa in the New Era: A Partnership of Equals”, on Nov 26, which discusses the successes of China-Africa cooperation over the past few decades and maps out the way forward for collaboration.
The white paper reaffirms China’s unwavering commitment to pursue a strengthened strategic partnership with Africa based on the principles of sincerity, friendship, good faith and real results for the greater good and a shared future.
President Xi Jinping outlined a new road map to build a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era, as he unveiled nine projects – including an aid package of another 1 billion doses of COVID-19 vaccines – to further cooperation.
China will also help African countries implement 10 health programs and send 1,500 medical workers and public health experts to the continent, he added.
This year marks the 65th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and African countries. Xi said the two sides have forged an unbreakable fraternity in their joint struggle against imperialism and colonialism, and have embarked on a journey of cooperation toward development and revitalization.
“Together, we have written a splendid chapter of mutual assistance amid complex changes and set a shining example for building a new type of international relations,” he said.
He attributed the close relationship to “an everlasting spirit of China-Africa friendship and cooperation forged between the two sides, which features sincere friendship, equality, mutual benefit and common development, fairness and justice”, adding that the relationship had progressed with “openness and inclusiveness”.
Calling it the historic starting point of building a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era, Xi made a four-point proposal: fighting COVID-19 with solidarity; deepening practical cooperation; promoting green development; and upholding equity and justice.
“We need to open up new prospects for China-Africa cooperation, expand trade and investment, share experience on poverty reduction, strengthen cooperation on digital economy, and promote entrepreneurship by young Africans and the development of small and medium-sized enterprises,” he added.
He underlined the necessity for both sides to promote green development, saying there was a need to advocate green and low-carbon development and actively promote solar, wind and other sources of renewable energy.
In upholding equality and peace, he said China and Africa need to unequivocally stand for the just propositions of developing countries and translate their common aspirations and interests into joint actions.
Xi said China will work closely with African nations to carry out nine programs as part of the first three-year plan under the China-Africa Cooperation Vision 2035.
In addition to health programs, China will undertake 10 poverty reduction and agricultural projects in Africa and send 500 agricultural experts to the continent, he said.
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