Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Geng Shuang's Regular Press Conference on July 8, 2019
Q: It was announced yesterday in the Extraordinary Summit of the African Union in Niger that the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) was officially launched. Do you have anything to say about that?
A: As African countries' good friend, partner and brother, China warmly congratulates Africa for the official launch of the AfCFTA, which is a milestone of Africa's economic integration process. It demonstrates the aspiration and resolve of African countries to seek strength and invigoration through unity. It bears significant and far-reaching importance to Africa's economic and social development. Faced with rising instability and uncertainties worldwide, the launch of the AfCFTA injects strong impetus into multilateralism, free trade and an open world economy.
In the past decade or so, as Africa's biggest trading partner, China has been a staunch supporter for its unity and FTA building through efforts in infrastructure connectivity, trade facilitation and industrial promotion. The launch of the AfCFTA breaks new ground for China-Africa cooperation. China will work with Africa to implement the outcomes of the FOCAC Beijing Summit, create more synergy between China-Africa cooperation under the BRI and the AfCFTA, work for more early harvests and offer more assistance to Africa for greater connectivity, better business environment and higher quality trade.
Q: According to media reports, Sudan's transitional military council and the opposition "forces of freedom and change" announced the formation of a military-civilian sovereignty council at a joint press conference. Do you have a comment?
A: We note the reports that the transitional military council and relevant forces in Sudan reached an agreement to form a military-civilian sovereignty council. We welcome and support that. We hope all sides will put Sudan and the Sudanese people first, gather consensus and reach an agreement on arrangements over the transitional regime at an early date. It will help the country realize peace, stability and order.