Chinese President Xi Jinping here on Thursday delivered a keynote speech at the China-Africa Leaders’ Dialogue and urged China and Africa to join hands for modernization.
Xi said that China is willing to launch an initiative in support of Africa’s industrialization and implement a plan to support Africa’s agricultural modernization, adding that China will help Africa expand grain plantation and encourage Chinese companies to increase agricultural investment in Africa.
China will host the second Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Agriculture in Hainan this November, said Xi, adding that China will provide additional emergency food assistance to some African countries in need to help Africa tackle the current food crisis.
China will also launch a plan for China-Africa cooperation on talent development, planning to train 500 principals and high-caliber teachers of vocational colleges, and 10,000 technical personnel with both Chinese language and vocational skills for Africa every year, Xi said.
Xi said that the African people have the most say on which path suits Africa best, adding that China will work with Africa to enhance the synergy of their development strategies through Belt and Road cooperation and the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
China will continue to support Africa in speaking with one voice on international affairs to keep improving its international standing, and will work actively at the G20 summit next month to support the African Union’s full membership in the group, Xi said, adding that China supports making special arrangements on the UN Security Council reform to meet Africa’s aspiration as a priority.
Xi also called on China and Africa to work together to create a sound environment for realizing their respective development visions by promoting just and equitable international order, practising true multilateralism and unequivocally opposing vestiges of colonialism and hegemonism in all forms.
China is ready to work with Africa to implement the new vision of common, comprehensive, cooperative and sustainable security, advocate the resolution of differences and disputes through dialogue and cooperation, facilitate the political settlement of international and regional hotspot issues, and safeguard world peace and stability, he said.