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A New Era in China-Africa Friendly Cooperation: New Achievements, New Opportunities, New Vision

Authors: Li Xinfeng, Wu Chuanhua, Zhang Chunyu

ISBN: 978-1-84464-571-8

Ebook ISBN: 978-1-84464-572-5

Hardback-148 Pages

November 2019


£80 €100 $130



China is the world’s largest development country and second largest economy. Africa is the continent with the most developing countries and one of the fastest growing and most promising regions in the world. Although China and Africa are far apart geographically, friendship between the two regions traces its origins back to ancient times. Having gone through thick and thin together, China and Africa have always been a community with a shared future. Shared historical experiences and struggles have formed a profound friendship between the Chinese and African people. This friendship has in turn become a valuable asset that has been passed down to the present day. The entry of socialism with Chinese characteristics into the new era will have a major impact on the world and bring new historical opportunities for African development and for friendly China-Africa cooperation. At the global level, the general trend of economic globalization is irreversible, world economic recovery and development is going well, and the international community is paying increasing attention to Africa. These factors provide a favorable international environment for China-Africa friendly cooperation. From China’s perspective, our country, which is entering a new era, will continue to expand and deepen its open policies, to focus on promoting industrial transformation and upgrading, to vigorously develop a digital economy, to lead in establishing new international financial institutions and innovative financing models, to actively promote international trilateral cooperation, and to promote the international use of the Chinese Yuan. By so doing, China will bring new opportunities and new impetus to China-Africa friendly cooperation. From the perspective of Africa, the political, economic and security situation in Africa has generally improved in recent years, and the development outlook is promising, which provides good conditions for more practical and higher-level pragmatic cooperation between China and Africa. Meanwhile, we must see that China-Africa cooperation will not be smooth; it still faces many problems and challenges. It is precisely because of this that China and Africa must stick to the concept of ‘’genuine, sincere, friendly and honest’’ cooperation and the principle of equality and mutual benefit, aiming to work together to build a community of a shared future for both China-Africa and for mankind, comprehensively strengthening and deepening cooperation, meeting challenges together, and achieving shared development.



A New Era content Introduction Chapter 1 The Great Achievements of China-Africa Friendly Cooperation in the New Era 1 The Political Foundation of China-Africa Friendly Cooperation is Constantly Consolidated 1.1 High-level China-Africa Exchanges Enhance Mutual Political Trust 1.2 China’s Circle of Friends in Africa Continues to Expand 1.3 China and Africa Strengthen Cooperation in International Affairs 2 Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and Africa Continues to Grow 2.1 China-Africa Trade Cooperation 2.2 China-Africa Investment Cooperation 2.3 China-Africa Cooperation in Contracted Projects 2.4 Development Cooperation between China and Africa 3 China-Africa People-to-People Exchanges and Cooperation Expand 3.1 China-Africa Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation 3.2 China-Africa Educational Exchanges and Cooperation 3.3 China-Africa Medical and Health Exchanges and Cooperation 3.4 China-Africa News Media Exchanges and Cooperation 3.5 Other People-to-People Exchanges and Cooperation between China and Africa 4 China-Africa Peace and Security Cooperation Deepens 4.1 Destabilizing Factors in Peace and Security in Africa 4.2 China-Africa Peace and Security Cooperation Has Achieved Remarkable Results 4.3 The Significance of China-Africa Peace and Security Cooperation Chapter 2 New Opportunities and Challenges for China-Africa Friendly Cooperation in the New Era 1 World Economic Recovery Brings New Opportunities for China-Africa Friendly Cooperation 1.1 The Global Economy is Recovering and Developing Well 1.2 Emerging Economies Maintain Good Development 1.3 Global New Economy and New Industries Rise Fast 1.4 The International Community Increasingly Focuses on Africa 2 China’s Development in the New Era Brings New Opportunities for China-Africa Friendly Cooperation 2.1 China Has Made Great Achievements in 40 Years of Reform and Opening-up 2.2 China Continues to Expand and Deepen Its Opening-up 2.3 China Strives to Promote Industrial Transformation and Upgrading 2.4 China Steps up Efforts to Develop Digital Economy 2.5 China Leads the Establishment of New Financial Institutions 2.6 China Actively Promotes International Tripartite Cooperation 2.7 Progress of RMB Internationalization in Africa 3 Africa’s Independent Sustainable Development Brings New Opportunities for China-Africa Friendly Cooperation 3.1 African Economy Develops Steadily 3.2 Effects of Diversification of African Economies Begins to Show 3.3 The Trend of Independent Development in Africa Has Become Apparent 3.4 African Countries’ Economic Policy Environments Have Been Optimized 3.5 Africa’s Mobile Finance Industry is Developing 3.6 The Process of Regional Integration in Africa is Strengthening 3.7 Prospects for Africa’s Future Development Are Good 4 China-Africa Friendly Cooperation Faces New Challenges in the New Era 4.1 The Complicated and Ever-Changing International Situation Has Brought New Challenges to China-Africa Friendly Cooperation 4.2 Unfavorable Factors in African Development Bring New Challenges to China-Africa Friendly Cooperation 4.3 The Influence of the New Normal of the Chinese Economy and International Factors on China-Africa Cooperation Chapter 3 New Vision of China-Africa Friendly Cooperation in the New Era 1 Linking the Belt and Road Initiative and the AU’s Agenda 2063 1.1 The Significance of the Belt and Road Initiative for the Development of the World and of Africa 1.2 Agenda 2063 and Prospects for Africa’s Development 1.3 Linking the Belt and Road Initiative and Agenda 2063 2 Linking International Capacity Cooperation and African Industrialization Strategies 2.1 The Significance of International Capacity Cooperation for the Development of the World and of Africa 2.2 The Industrialization Strategy Is the Only Way to Achieve Africa’s Development 2.3 Linking International Capacity Cooperation and African Industrialization Strategies 3 Linking China’s Experience in Poverty Alleviation and African Poverty Reduction Plans 3.1 Xi Jinping Thought on Poverty Alleviation and China’s Experience in Poverty Reduction 3.2 African Poverty Reduction Programs and National Development 3.3 Linking China’s Poverty Alleviation Experience to African Poverty Reduction Plans Conclusion References


About Author:

Li Xinfeng, deputy director, researcher, and doctoral supervisor of the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences(CASS), has published more than 20 academic papers and works such as China in Africa (Chinese and English version) and Zheng He and Africa. As a former chief reporter of People’s Daily in South Africa, he left his footprint all over the African continent. He has earned more than ten national awards, including China News Award (2006 & 2017), the first prize of the CASS Award for the Excellence in Counter measure Studies (2012 &2016) and China-Africa Joint Exchange Program Research Award (2013 & 2016).

Wu Chuanhua, Ph.D. in laws, executive researcher of the research project“Ethnic Issues and African Development” supported by the Institute of West-Asianand African Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS),usedto serve as deputy director of the Editorial Department of the CASS Instituteof West-Asian and African Studies, chief of the Political Section of the ChineseEmbassy in Nigeria, and chief of the Cultural Section of the Chinese Embassy inZimbabwe. He has published more than 30 academic papers including China’sCultural Communication to Africa: Current Situation and Challenges, and Reflectionson China’s Strategic Layout of Cultural Communication to Africa. He won the CASSOutstanding Academic Journal Award and the third prize of the CASS Award for theExcellence in Countermeasure Studies.

Zhang Chunyu, Ph.D. assistant researcher of the Institute of WorldEconomics and Politics of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS).His research fields are marine economy and China-Africa cooperation. He haspublished books such as China’s Strategy on Marine Finance and over ten Chineseand English research papers on China-Africa cooperation and marine economy,respectively. He has participated in research and compiling of several importantpolicy documents including “The State Thirteenth Five-year Plan for MarineEconomy”. Zhang Chunyu has been a leading researcher for more than ten keyresearch projects supported by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and former StateOceanic Administration of the People’s Republic of China. He has won awardssuch as China-Africa Joint Exchange Program Research Award (2016) issued bythe Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

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