Helping African countries contain the COVID-19 pandemic and bring their economies back on track is the top priority of the China-Africa cooperation, as China and Africa are good friends and good partners with a shared future, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday.

“China and Africa enjoys a profound friendship forged during the struggles for national independence and liberalization. We are comrade-in-arms, as well as brothers and sisters. This bond of friendship is growing ever stronger as time goes by. China and Africa are good friends and good partners with a shared future,” Wang told the press on the sidelines of the fourth session of the 13th National People’s Congress.

China and Africa celebrated the 20th anniversary of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) last year.

Over the past two decades, China and Africa formulated and implemented 10 cooperation plans and eight major initiatives, the two-way trade increased 20 times, China’s direct investment in Africa grew 100 times, and there are now150 pairs of sister cities, according to Wang.

“China-Africa cooperation stands out as a model of the South-South Cooperation and a fine example of international cooperation with Africa,” said Wang.

“At the moment, to help African countries to fight the pandemic and bring the economy back on track is the top priority for China-Africa cooperation,” said Wang.

“Last year, President Xi Jinping initiated and hosted the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity and announced a host of new support measures. So far, we have provided close to 120 batches of emergence supplies to Africa, and sent medical expert teams to 15 African countries.We have started to provide COVID vaccines to 35 African countries and the AU Commission. The construction of Africa Center for Disease Control headquarters, a project for which we are glad to provide assistance, has started, and cooperation between 30 pairs of Chinese and African hospitals is well underway,” said Wang.

A new session of the FOCAC is scheduled to be held this year in Senegal, according to Wang.

“We are willing to take it as another opportunity to support Africa’s efforts to defeat the virus and strengthen public health, support Africa to accelerate industrialization and build up capacity for self-generated development, support Africa to speed up Africa’s integration,and embrace the trend of economic globalization, support Africa to find a political solution to hotspot issues and maintain peace and stability on the continent. We will work with Africa to pursue high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, build an even stronger community with a shared future, to promote Africa’s development and revitalization,” said Wang.

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