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Chinese, African leaders upgrade relations as historic summit closes

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12-06-2015 10:24 BJT

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has announced that he and African leaders have reached consensus on lifting China-Africa relations to a comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (front) attends the plenary meeting of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 5, 2015. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Chinese President Xi Jinping (front) attends the plenary meeting of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg, South Africa, Dec. 5, 2015. (Xinhua/Yao Dawei)

Xi proposed the upgrade in a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg. The summit resulted in a declaration and action plan that Xi said represents all-round planning for future development of China-Africa relations.

The two sides will turn their focus to 10 major plans to boost bilateral cooperation, including industrialization, green development and people-to-people exchanges. Xi said the upgrade would also inject fresh impetus into the development of ties.

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