China restates commitment to ensure peace and security in Africa

China has reiterated its commitment to ensure peace and security in Africa in line with deliberations held at the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

China’s Assistant Foreign Minister of China Chen Xiaodong, who is also the Chairman of the Chinese Follow-up Committee of the FOCAC, said although the situation is improving, risks and challenges facing Africa’s peace and security cannot be overlooked.

He said China has fulfilled its responsibilities as a permanent member of the UN Security Council over the years.

“Guided by the principles enunciated by President Xi Jinping for China-Africa relations, namely, sincerity, real results, amity and good faith and pursuing the greater good and shared interests, China has played a positive role in Africa’s peace and security affairs,” he said during the Dialogue on the Implementation of China-Africa Peace and Security Initiative held in Ethiopia.

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He said China has been committed to four principles-playing a fair, impartial and constructive role, helping Africa build up its own peacekeeping capacity, addressing the root causes as well as the symptoms, and pursuing cooperation for win-win results.

 “China’s resolve to follow through on the new peace and security cooperation measures announced by President Xi Jinping at the FOCAC Beijing Summit and relevant consensus reach by Chinese and African leaders remains unchanged.”

He added China’s efforts to safeguard peace and stability in Africa remain unchanged as well as actions to participate in the peace and security affairs.

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The dialogue in Addis was also attended by Senegalese Abroad of the Republic of Senegal Mame Baba Cissé and the AU Commissioner for Political Affairs Minata Samate-Cessouma.

Foreign ministers and representatives of 23 African countries, including members of the AU Peace and Security Council and the five countries in the Sahel region, attended and addressed the occasion.

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Chen said at the successful FOCAC Beijing Summit last September, China and Africa agreed to jointly build a closer China-Africa community with a shared future.

This year is the first year for implementing the Beijing Summit outcomes. Recently, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited several African countries and the AU Headquarters, during which he reached important common understanding with African leaders on furthering China-Africa cooperation in the field of peace and security.

China hopes that the Dialogue will create synergy in thinking and action between the two sides, put forward suggestions on how to implement the peace and security initiative, and build momentum for China-Africa peace and security cooperation.

He added China and Africa enjoy ever greater common language, common aspirations and common interests as new opportunities and challenges emerge under new circumstances. There are new opportunities for us to step up cooperation on peace and security.

The African delegates highly praised the historical significance of the FOCAC Beijing Summit.

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