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Title:Afro-Chinese relations: an evolving South-South partnership
Authors:Le Pere, GarthISNI
Shelton, GarthISNI
Periodical:South African Journal of International Affairs
Geographic terms:Africa
Subjects:South-South relations
international cooperation
Abstract:Over the past few years, China has sought to build social, political and economic ties with Africa. The authors discuss China's Africa policy and interaction with Africa in the context of efforts to support and advance South-South cooperation, against the backdrop of globalization and increasing international economic integration. China's necessarily pragmatic approach to relations with Africa requires a direct and focused engagement with prompt commercial advantages. During his visit to six African countries in May 1996, Chinese President Jiang Zemin outlined a Five-Point Proposal on developing a long-term and stable Sino-African relationship based on comprehensive cooperation and interaction. Jiang's new Africa policy laid the foundation for strengthening and consolidating Sino-African relations, which have subsequently been advanced through the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) with ministerial level meetings in Beijing during 2000 and Addis Ababa in 2003. President Hu Jintao's nine-day visit to Africa in 2004 contributed significantly to advancing China's evolution as a major economic partner with the continent. Hu Jintao returned to Africa early in 2006 to further advance Sino-African interaction and solidarity. China's new Africa policy, announced on 12 January 2006, largely builds on China's previous interactions with Africa. China has offered Africa a wide range of areas for potential cooperation. Africa must now come forward withn meaningful and constructive proposals to advance the relationship. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]