The 11th Round of China-European Union (EU) Consultation on African Affairs Held in Beijing
On July 25, 2019, Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Dai Bing co-hosted the 11th Round of China-European Union (EU) Consultation on African Affairs with Managing Director for Africa at the European External Action Service (EEAS) Koen Vervaeke. Both sides mainly exchanged in-depth views on situation and hotspot issues in Africa, their respective cooperation with Africa, trilateral cooperation related to Africa and other issues.
Dai Bing gave a comprehensive introduction to the outcomes of the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and relevant situation of the Coordinators' Meeting for the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the FOCAC Beijing Summit, and expounded China's policies and concepts towards Africa. He pointed out that China and the EU are both important cooperative partners of Africa, each having their own advantages and features in their cooperation with Africa. Under the current international situation, strengthening exchanges and dialogues between China and the EU on African affairs is conducive to promoting international cooperation with Africa, supporting the peace and development in Africa, and also facilitating the development of China-EU relations.
Koen Vervaeke expressed, the new EU leaders attach great importance to African issues. The EU side appreciates the results of China-Africa cooperation and congratulates on the success of the FOCAC Beijing Summit. The EU side is ready to strengthen exchanges with the Chinese side on African affairs, enhance the effectiveness of their respective cooperation with Africa, actively explore and promote Africa-related cooperation and make contributions to the realization of sustainable development in Africa.