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Wang Yi: China and Africa Have Strengthened Unity and Coordination and Closely Coordinated on International Affairs

On September 2, 2018, when introducing the implementation situation of the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the 7th Ministerial Conference of the FOCAC, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi pointed out that over the past three years, China and Africa have strengthened unity and coordination, and always closely coordinated on international affairs.

Wang Yi expressed that against the new changes in international situation and various global challenges, the Chinese side and the African side have enhanced coordination and cooperation in international affairs, firmly supported each other’s concerns and stances, and sent out the voice of justice together, jointly safeguarding the overall interests of developing countries.

Wang Yi pointed out that both sides have carried out close communication and coordination and maintained sound cooperation on such important topics as peace and security, climate change, reform of the United Nations (UN), and South-South cooperation on human rights affairs on occasions including the meetings of the UN, the Human Rights Council and the Non-Aligned Movement. Within the UN Security Council, China and member states from Africa established the “1+3” consultation mechanism, forming a force to be reckoned with. The Chinese side has promoted the UN to spend the peacekeeping operation fund in Africa’s independent peacekeeping. The two sides oppose unilateralism and protectionism on such occasions as the World Trade Organization, and commit to safeguarding an open world economy and multilateral trading system. The African side has firmly supported the Chinese side in issues concerning the Chinese side’s core interests and major concerns including the Taiwan-related and Xi Zang-related issues. The two sides have supported each other in the elections of the UN Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization, the World Health Organization (WHO), the International Civil Aviation Organization and other international organizations. The African candidate supported by the Chinese side successfully won the election of Director-General of the WHO.

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