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China-Africa summit ends with declaration, action plan

(From L) South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, Chinese President Xi Jinping and Senegalese President Macky Sall leave after holding a press conference for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Sept. 4, 2018. (Kyodo)

BEIJING (Kyodo) -- A two-day summit in Beijing bringing together the leaders of China and 53 African nations ended Tuesday, with a declaration and an action plan being adopted.

"We will bring hands together to establish a community of destiny," Chinese President Xi Jinping said in a press release following the conclusion of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.

Xi emphasized that the two sides agreed to deepen cooperation based on China's Belt and Road initiative of investing in infrastructure projects across Asia.

"We will fully enhance practical cooperation in various fields such as industry promotion, infrastructure development, and security," he said.

The "Beijing Declaration" summarizing concrete measures for closer relations between China and Africa and economic partnership, and the "FOCAC Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021)" were adopted at the conference.

China is emphasizing the strengthening of relations with African countries with natural resources and huge markets. At the opening ceremony on Monday, Xi announced $60 billion in financing for projects in Africa in the form of assistance, investment and loans over the next three years.

The Forum was established in 2000 with the aim of promoting investment and trade with Africa. The summit meeting was held for the first time since 2015.

The seventh Tokyo International Conference on African Development led by Japan will be held in Yokohama in August next year.

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