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Xi Jinping Presided over the Special Summit on China-Africa Unity Against Epidemic and Delivered a Keynote Speech
2020-06-18

On the evening of the 17th, President Xi Jinping presided over the Special Summit on China-Africa Unity against the Epidemic in Beijing and delivered a keynote speech entitled "Unity against the Epidemic and Overcoming the Difficulties Together". Xi Jinping stressed that in the face of the epidemic, China and Africa have supported each other and fought side by side. China and Africa have become more united and their friendship and mutual trust have become more consolidated. China cherishes the traditional friendship between China and Africa. No matter how the international situation changes, China's determination to strengthen China-Africa unity and cooperation will never waver. China will continue to fully support Africa's anti-epidemic campaign. The two sides should adhere to the principle of putting people first and life first, do their utmost to protect people's life safety and health, unswervingly join hands to fight the epidemic, unswervingly promote China-Africa cooperation, unswervingly practice multilateralism, unswervingly promote China-Africa friendship, and jointly build a China-Africa health community and a closer China-Africa community of destiny. The meeting issued the Joint Statement of the Special Summit on China-Africa Unity and Anti-Epidemic, sending a strong voice to the international community of the times of China-Africa unity and cooperation.

 

The summit was jointly sponsored by China, South Africa, which holds the rotating chairmanship of the African Union, and Senegal, which co-chairs the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, and was held by video. South African President Ramaphosa, Senegalese President Saleh and Egyptian President Hosni Sisi, Congolese (DRC) President Tisekedi, Algerian President Teben, Gabonese President Bongo, Kenyan President Kenyatta, Malian President Keita, Niger President Issoufou, Nigerian President Buhari, Rwandan President Kagame, Zimbabwean President Mnangagwa, Ethiopian Prime Minister Abi and African Union Commission Chairman Faki attended. UN Secretary General Guterres and WHO Director General Tan Desai attended the meeting as special guests.

 

Wang Huning, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and member of the Secretariat of the CPC Central attended.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out in his speech that at an important moment in the global fight against novel coronavirus pneumonia, we held this special summit between China and Africa. We met with all old and new friends via video to discuss the plan of uniting against the epidemic and share the brotherly friendship between China and Africa. The sudden outbreak has brought serious impacts to all countries in the world and claimed hundreds of thousands of precious lives. I propose that we observe a moment of silence for the unfortunate victims of the epidemic and express condolences to their relatives.

 

Xi Jinping stressed that in the face of the epidemic, China and Africa have shown mutual solidarity and fought side by side. The two sides have become more united and their friendship and mutual trust have become more consolidated. China cherishes the traditional friendship between China and Africa. No matter how the international situation changes, China's determination to strengthen China-Africa unity and cooperation will never waver.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that the current epidemic situation is still spreading all over the world, and both China and Africa are facing the arduous task of fighting the epidemic, stabilizing the economy and protecting people's livelihood. We must adhere to the principle of putting people first and life first, coordinate resources, unite and cooperate, do our best to protect people's life safety and health, and minimize the negative impact of the epidemic.

 

First, we must unswervingly join hands to fight the epidemic. China will continue to fully support Africa's anti-epidemic operations, continue to provide material assistance to African countries, and send medical experts to assist Africa in purchasing anti-epidemic materials in China. China will start construction of the headquarters of the African Center for Disease Control and Prevention ahead of schedule within the year, work with Africa to implement the "Health Action" within the framework of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, speed up the construction of China-Africa friendly hospitals and cooperation with China-Africa counterpart hospitals, and jointly build a China-Africa health community. China promises to take the lead in benefiting African countries after the research and development of the new crown vaccine is completed and put into use.

 

Second, we must unswervingly promote China-Africa cooperation. Under the framework of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum, China will cancel the interest-free loan debts of relevant African countries to China due by the end of 2020, and work with the international community to increase its support to African countries with particularly severe epidemic and pressure, including further extending the debt relief period. China encourages relevant Chinese financial institutions to refer to the G-20 debt relief initiative and hold friendly negotiations with African countries on commercial sovereign loan arrangements in accordance with market principles. China will work with G-20 members to implement the G-20 debt relief initiative and calls on the G-20 to further extend the debt relief period for relevant countries, including African countries, on the basis of implementing the current debt relief initiative. It is hoped that the international community, especially developed countries and multilateral financial institutions, will take stronger actions to alleviate Africa's debt problem. China is willing to cooperate with the United Nations, the World Health Organization and other partners in assisting Africa and fighting the epidemic on the basis of respecting the wishes of Africa. China supports the construction of a free trade area on the African continent, supports Africa in strengthening connectivity and ensuring the construction of industrial chain supply chains, and is willing to expand cooperation with Africa in new formats such as digital economy, smart cities, clean energy and 5G.

 

Third, we must unswervingly practice multilateralism. China is willing to work with Africa to safeguard the global governance system with the United Nations at its core and support the World Health Organization to make greater contributions to the global fight against the epidemic. We oppose politicizing the epidemic and labeling the virus, racial discrimination and ideological prejudice, and firmly safeguard international fairness and justice.

 

Fourth, we must unswervingly promote China-Africa friendship. I am willing to maintain close contact with all colleagues, consolidate friendship and mutual trust, support each other on issues involving each other's core interests, jointly safeguard the fundamental interests of China and Africa and developing countries, and promote the high-level development of China-Africa comprehensive strategic partnership.

 

Xi Jinping finally stressed that we unanimously decided to build a closer China-Africa community of destiny at the Beijing Summit of the China-Africa Cooperation Forum. Today, we hold a special summit to unite against the epidemic, which is to fulfill the commitments of the Beijing summit with practical actions and to contribute to international cooperation against the epidemic. I believe that mankind will eventually overcome the epidemic and the Chinese and African people will eventually lead a better life.

 

Foreign leaders said in their speeches that it is of special significance to hold a special summit on China-Africa unity against the epidemic at a critical time when the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic is spreading in the world and in Africa, once again demonstrating the firmness of Africa-China friendship and the resilience of Africa-China relations. China and African countries have supported each other, helped each other and shared weal and woe. They have provided valuable help and support in materials, technology and experience to Africa in fighting the epidemic. African countries are deeply grateful. The epidemic situation is an unprecedented and severe global crisis. Only by strengthening unity, adhering to multilateralism and supporting the role of international agencies such as the World Health Organization can all parties in the international community finally win the war. The African side calls on relevant creditor countries and international financial institutions to further alleviate the debts of African countries, strengthen cooperation in diagnosis and treatment, drug and vaccine research and development, and help African countries to enhance their ability to cope with the epidemic, restore their economies and realize independent and sustainable development. In this regard, China has set an example and proved once again with practical actions that China is a good friend and partner of Africa all the time. The African side is firmly committed to the development of the comprehensive strategic partnership between Africa and China, jointly building a health community between Africa and China, and promoting the construction of a community of human destiny. The traditional friendship between Africa and China will last forever.

 

The meeting was pragmatic and efficient and reached important consensus in a positive and friendly atmosphere. The summit issued the Joint Statement of the Special Summit on China-Africa Unity against the Epidemic. China and Africa are determined to deepen China-Africa friendship, strengthen mutual support and strive to build a closer China-Africa community of destiny. Strengthen unity and cooperation, support the United Nations and the World Health Organization to play a leading and coordinating role, and jointly overcome the epidemic; We will step up the implementation of the outcomes of the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and give more priority to health, resumption of work and production, and improvement of people's livelihood. We will safeguard multilateralism, oppose politicizing the epidemic and safeguard international fairness and justice.

 

Ding Xuexiang, Sun Chunlan, Wang Yi and He Lifeng attended.