Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, left, shakes hands with Rwandan President Paul Kagame during their meeting in Kigali, capital of Rwanda, Jan 13, 2018. (LYU TIANRAN / XINHUA)
KIGALI – China's diplomatic tradition of foreign ministers visiting Africa first in the New Year indicates that Africa is always a priority in China's diplomacy, Foreign Minister Wang Yi said here Saturday.
China is always the most reliable friend and partner of its African brothers
Wang Yi, Foreign Minister, China
The tradition has been maintained for 28 years till now, Wang said while addressing the media after meeting with Rwandan President Paul Kagame in Kigali, the capital.
China is always the most reliable friend and partner of its African brothers, said the Chinese foreign minister.
Wang also talked about his country's expectations of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit, which is scheduled to be held in Beijing this year. FOCAC is an official forum established in 2000 to strengthen friendly cooperation between the two sides.
Wang noted that the FOCAC is an important channel for conducting collective dialogue and deepening mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Africa, as this is the largest and the most productive platform for the 29 member countries of the South-South cooperation.
The 2015 FOCAC Johannesburg Summit achieved great success, said Wang. China is willing to strengthen communication and consultation with African friends to take this year's Beijing Summit to new heights, he added.
Many African countries appreciate and support the Belt and Road Initiative proposed by Chinese President Xi Jinping, and China hopes to inject new impetus into cooperation with Africa through jointly building the initiative, he said.
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As a natural and historical extension of the Belt and Road, Africa should not be absent in the co-building process, nor should it be left behind in the mutual development of China and the world, he added.
Wang, who is in Africa for his first New Year trip, is scheduled to visit Angola, Gabon and Sao Tome and Principe after Rwanda.