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Forum on China-Africa Cooperation wraps up

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12-07-2015 06:10 BJT

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Chinese President Xi Jinping has returned to Beijing. He wrapped up his visit to South Africa on Saturday after the conclusion of the summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, or FOCAC, in Johannesburg.

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 Jinping and his wife Peng Liyuan were seen off at the airport by the South African Foreign Minister and other officials. Over the past week, Xi Jinping also attended the UN climate change conference in Paris. He then travelled to Africa for state visits to Zimbabwe and South Africa. There's been no lack of highlights at this year's FOCAC forum from an elevation of partnership between China and Africa to a 60 billion US dollar development fund pledged by China.

Leaders of the world's biggest developing economy, and the fastest-growing continent brought together,to hash out visionary plans and set the tone for future of China-Africa cooperation. On the table, 60 billion US dollars of development assistance and a 10-point plan to chart the future course of partnership.

Chinese President Xi Jinping brought with him the Chinese will and means to cooperate with Africa.

Besides the 60 billion dollars in funding, which covers areas from interest-free loans to a China-Africa production capacity cooperation fund,

China also pledged to help train 200,000 African technicians in Africa and another 40,000 here in China.

The message is clear, China is committed to a sustainable & equal partnership with Africa.

And African leaders welcome it.

"It clearly illustrates China's commitment to ensure China's development takes place in conjunction with the development of the countries of the south - particularly those in Africa," South African president Jacob Zuma said.

Chinese and African cooperation has grown and evolved over the past decade, in terms of quantity and quality.

China became the continent's biggest trading partner in 2009, and now cooperation covers areas from infrastructure and energy to tourism.

A new chapter of relations as leaders of both sides say has taken off.

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