Two outcome documents passed at FOCAC summit

Two important documents – the Beijing Declaration and the Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021) – were passed on Tuesday at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

The two outcome documents were adopted at the two-phase roundtable meeting, which was jointly chaired by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa

According to Xi, the Beijing Declaration fully reflects the consensus of both sides on major world issues and demonstrates the determination of both China and Africa to unite, share opportunities and meet challenges.

The Beijing Action Plan, meanwhile, sets a schedule for pragmatic cooperation in various fields over the next three years. “It shows the firm will of China and Africa to implement the eight initiatives, and depicts a new blueprint for win-win cooperation and common development,” said the president.

He also stressed that the leaders in attendance have decided to firmly uphold both an open world economy and the multilateral trading system, while continuing to oppose protectionism and unilateralism.

He then reiterated that China will strengthen its policy coordination and incorporate plans such as the Belt and Road initiative in to either Agenda 2063 by the African Union or the United Nations' 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, in order to provide an effective platform for China-Africa cooperation.

FOCAC, one of China’s largest diplomatic events of the year, ended on Tuesday in Beijing. - gbtimes