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Xi raises 5-point proposal on boosting cooperation

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12-05-2015 10:20 BJT

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President Xi Jinping made a five-point proposal on deepening cooperation with Africa in his speech at the closing of the High-Level Dialogue between Chinese-African Leaders and Business Communities and the 5th Conference of Chinese and African Entrepreneurs in Johannesburg.

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech in the high-level dialogue with Chinese and African business dignitaries, also closing ceremony of the fifth China-Africa enterprises conference, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 4, 2015. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

Chinese President Xi Jinping delivers a speech in the high-level dialogue with Chinese and African business dignitaries, also closing ceremony of the fifth China-Africa enterprises conference, in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 4, 2015. (Xinhua/Huang Jingwen)

"The achievement of inclusive and sustainable development in Africa hinges on industrialization, which holds the key to creating jobs, eradicating poverty, and improving people's living standards,” Xi said.

“Africa's path of industrialization can only be found by African people through their own practice and exploration. It is China's sincere hope to share its experience with African countries, and we are willing to provide capital, technology and personnel in support of Africa's industrialization."

And Xi called for building a community of common destiny. He said bilateral cooperation should be open and inclusive, and welcomed the involvement of enterprises from other countries.

Economic and trade cooperation remain on the top. China is Africa's largest trading partner and the trade volume between the two sides is expected to exceed US$300 billion in 2015.

Xi said practical cooperation oriented to capacity-building, green and sustainable development, and infrastructure construction.

"In the areas of infrastructure building, investment and trade facilitation, China-Africa cooperation will create more investment and trade opportunities for the companies of the two sides, thus enhancing the competitiveness of African industries and narrow the infrastructure gap in Africa," Xi said.

South African President Jacob Zuma, who co-chairs the summit with Xi, and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, who holds the rotating African Union chair, also addressed the conference.

Earlier Friday, the three presidents opened a China-Africa equipment manufacturing industry exhibition.

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