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Dakar 2021: President Xi to address FOCAC summit opening as Guterres, African leaders attend

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Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and deliver a keynote speech through video link on November 29.

The Bureau of the Assembly of the African Union Heads of State and Government, including President of Senegal and the African co-chair of FOCAC Macky Sall, President of the Democratic Republic of the Congo Félix Tshisekedi, President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa, President of Comoros Azali Assoumani and President of Egypt Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, African Union Commission Chairperson Moussa Faki and UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres will also attend the opening ceremony.

This is another time that President Xi Jinping and African leaders will jointly chart the course for China-Africa relations, following the Johannesburg Summit of FOCAC in 2015, the Beijing Summit in 2018 and the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against COVID-19 in 2020.

It will be China’s major diplomatic operation facing fellow developing countries this year and a grand gathering of the big, friendly family of China and African after the outbreak of COVID-19. After the opening ceremony, the foreign ministers or representatives of the 54 member states of the forum, and ministers responsible for external economic cooperation and representatives of the African Union Commission will hold the plenary meeting, where they will jointly evaluate the implementation of the outcomes of the Beijing Summit and the solidarity of China and Africa against COVID-19, and outline the development of China-Africa relations in the next three years and beyond, so as to deepen China-Africa mutual trust and elevate the practical cooperation.

This will deliver greater benefits to the people in China and Africa with tangible cooperation outcomes and build a China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era.

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