Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Lu Kang's Regular Press Conference on April 11, 2019
Q: The inauguration ceremony of the China-Africa Institute was held in Beijing on April 9. Yang Jiechi, member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China and Director of the Office of the Foreign Affairs Commission of the CPC Central Committee, read President Xi Jinping's congratulatory letter at the inauguration and delivered a speech. What is China's consideration behind attaching so much importance to this institute?
A: Last September, the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was successfully held during which the two sides agreed to jointly implement the eight major initiatives for China-Africa cooperation. This year kicks off the implementation of the FOCAC outcomes. The establishment of the China-Africa Institute is an important early harvest in the implementation of the FOCAC outcomes in the sector of people-to-people exchanges.
Director Yang Jiechi read out a congratulatory letter from President Xi Jinping, which fully testifies to the care and support from President Xi Jinping and the Chinese side to China-Africa relations and China-Africa people-to-people exchanges. The African side also attaches great importance to the establishment of the China-Africa Institute. Dignitaries from Africa including former President of Mozambique Joaquim Chissano and the African Union Commissioner for Human Resources, Science and Technology, diplomats from over 40 African countries and representatives of African academic institutes, think tanks and media attended the inauguration. The African side spoke highly of President Xi Jinping's congratulatory letter and said that they stand ready to work with China to build a more closely-knit China-Africa community of a shared future, support the work of the China-Africa Institute, and make greater contributions to strengthening bilateral people-to-people exchanges, enhancing mutual understanding and deepening China-Africa friendship.
We hope that scholars and experts from China, Africa and other countries will make good use of the China-Africa Institute to strengthen exchanges and cooperation between the think tanks of the two sides, enhance mutual understanding between the two peoples and mutual learning between the two civilizations, provide good ideas and advice for deepening China-Africa comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership, and better helpthe international community to correctly view China, Africa and China-Africa cooperation.