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Tuesday, September 04, 2018, 10:23
Xi hosts banquet for leaders attending FOCAC summit
By Xinhua
Tuesday, September 04, 2018, 10:23 By Xinhua

In this Sept 3, 2018 photo, Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife, Peng Liyuan, welcome foreign leaders and their spouses at the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, capital of China. (ZHANG LING / XINHUA)

BEIJING - Chinese President Xi Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan hosted a banquet on Monday evening to welcome foreign leaders and their spouses who are in Beijing for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit.

Today, we are here again to reaffirm our original aspirations, carry forward our cause and forge ahead into the future

Xi Jinping,

President, China

"Twelve years ago, Chinese and African leaders gathered in Beijing to renew friendship and discuss cooperation," Xi said. "Today, we are here again to reaffirm our original aspirations, carry forward our cause and forge ahead into the future."

Over the past 12 years, China-Africa relations have been steadily and rapidly developing, with intensified exchanges at all levels and stronger cooperation in all fields, Xi said.

China is willing to work with African countries so that the Chinese and African people will live a happier life and China-Africa friendship will enjoy a more splendid future, Xi said.

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FOCAC is an important platform for South-South cooperation as well as multilateral cooperation, said South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, who co-chaired the summit that opened on Monday.

China is a reliable partner for African countries to realize the African Union Agenda 2063, Ramaphosa said on behalf of the African countries, adding that the summit will definitely elevate the Africa-China relations to a new level.

Other Chinese leaders including Li Keqiang, Li Zhanshu, Wang Yang, Wang Huning, Zhao Leji, Han Zheng, and Wang Qishan were also present at the banquet in the Great Hall of the People, which was followed by performances presented by Chinese and African artists. 

READ MORE: Full text of Xi's speech at 2018 FOCAC opening ceremony

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