国内英语新闻:FulltextofYangJiechi'swritteninterviewwithXinhuaNewsAgency

BEIJING,Dec.21(Xinhua)--ThefollowingisthefulltextofawritteninterviewofYangJiechi,amemberofthePoliticalBureauoftheCommunistPartyofChina(CPC)CentralCommittee,withXinhuaNewsAgencyonFridayonhisvisittoUganda,theRepublicoftheCongoandSenegal.

WrittenInterviewwithXinhuaNewsAgency

ByH.E.YangJiechi

DirectoroftheOfficeoftheCentralCommissionforForeignAffairs

UponConclusionofVisitstoThreeAfricanCountries

1.Againstthebackdropofthecomplexandfluidinternationallandscape,ChinaandAfricaenjoycloseandfrequenthigh-levelexchangesandactiveinteractionsatvariouslevels.ThisreflectsthestrengthofChina-Africarelations.WhatareyourexpectationsfordevelopingChina-Africarelationsunderthenewcircumstances?

YangJiechi:Thisyearmarksthe70thanniversaryofNewChina'sdiplomacy.Overthepast70years,theunbreakablefriendshipbetweenChinaandAfricahasstoodthetestoftimeandinternationalvicissitudesandhascontinuedtoflourish.DevelopingfriendlytiesandcooperationwithAfricancountrieshasbeentheconsistentbasicpolicyandfirmstrategicdirectionofChina'sdiplomacy.ThereisnohistoricalbaggageorillfeelingbetweenChinaandAfrica.Ourclosehigh-levelinteractionsandexchangesbetweenlocalitiesandourpeoplesovertheyearsspeaktoourtraditionalfriendshipandareahallmarkofChina-Africafriendlyrelations.

Sincethe18thNationalCongressoftheCommunistPartyofChina(CPC),theCPCCentralCommitteewithComradeXiJinpingasitscorehassetgreatstorebyChina-Africarelations.PresidentXiJinpinghasgivenpersonalattentiontothisrelationship.SincehetookofficeasPresident,hehasvisitedAfricafourtimesandheldmeetingsortalkswithmostAfricanleaders.Hehasproposedtheprinciplesofsincerity,realresults,amityandgoodfaithandofpursuingthegreatergoodandsharedinterestsinChina'srelationswithAfrica.ThishaspointedthewayforandlentstrongimpetustotheadvancementoffriendshipandcooperationbetweenChinaandAfrica.

TheFOCACBeijingSummitin2018wasagreatsuccessandahistoricmilestoneofsolidarityandcooperationbetweenChinaandAfrica.BothsidesagreedtobuildanevenstrongerChina-AfricacommunitywithasharedfutureandchartthecourseforthefurthergrowthofChina-Africarelations.Underthenewcircumstances,itisthesharedaspirationsofChinaandAfricatorenewtraditionalfriendshipanddeepenfriendlycooperation.Rainorshine,ChinawillcontinuetosticktogetherwithAfrica,shouldertoshoulderandhandinhand,tocarryforwardthisfriendshipforgedbytheoldergenerationofChineseandAfricanleaders.

WiththeofficiallaunchoftheAfricanContinentalFreeTradeArea(AfCFTA),Africahascometoacriticalstageinitstransformationanddevelopment.NowisaprimetimeforChinaandAfricatoadvanceBeltandRoadcooperation.Todate,44AfricancountriesandtheAfricanUnion(AU)CommissionhavesignedBRIcooperationdocumentswithChina.StepshavebeentakentoenhancesynergybetweenChina-AfricaBeltandRoadcooperationwiththeAU'sAgenda2063,theUN's2030AgendaforSustainableDevelopment,andthedevelopmentstrategiesofAfricancountries.ChinawillworkwithAfricaforhigherqualityandefficiencyofourpracticalcooperation,sothattogetherwecandelivergreaterbenefitstoourtwopeoplesandsetafineexampleofmutuallybeneficialcooperationbetweendevelopingcountries.

Theworldisundergoingprofoundchangesunseeninacentury.Alargegroupofemergingmarketsanddevelopingcountriesaregrowingrapidly.Atthesametime,unilateralism,protectionismandbullyingpracticesareontheriseininternationalaffairs,bringingmoreuncertaintyandinstabilitytotheworld.AsitwasunderlinedintheBeijingDeclaration-TowardanEvenStrongerChina-AfricaCommunitywithaSharedFutureissuedattheFOCACBeijingSummit,China,theworld'slargestdevelopingcountry,andAfrica,thecontinentwiththelargestnumberofdevelopingcountries,havesupportedandcooperatedcloselywitheachotherininternationalaffairs.Underthenewcircumstances,enhancedstrategiccoordinationbetweenChinaandAfricaservesthecommoninterestsofbothsidesandcontributesmoretoupholdingmultilateralismandequityandjustice.BothChinaandAfricafirmlysafeguardtheinternationalsystemunderpinnedbytheUN,theinternationalorderanchoredoninternationallawandthemultilateraltradingsystemcenteredonWTOrules.Nomatterhowtheinternationalsituationmayevolve,ChinawillstandfirmwithAfricatojointlyupholdthelegitimaterightsandinterestsofdevelopingcountries,safeguardmultilateralismandinternationalequityandjustice,andcontributetothebuildingofanewtypeofinternationalrelationsandacommunitywithasharedfutureformankind.

2.CouldyoutalkaboutthedetailsofyourvisittoUganda,theRepublicoftheCongoandSenegal?

YangJiechi:DuringmyvisittoUganda,theRepublicoftheCongoandSenegal,Iwasreceivedwarmlybyallthreecountriesandtheirpeople.Imetwiththepresidentsofthethreecountriesandhadtalkswiththeforeignministers.Wereachedmanycommonunderstandings.IconveyedtheheartygreetingsofPresidentXiJinpingtoleadersofthethreecountriesandextendedcongratulationsontheirachievementsinnationaldevelopmentandrejuvenation.LeadersofthethreecountriesaskedmetoconveytheirwarmgreetingstoPresidentXiJinpingandspokehighlyofthePeople'sRepublicofChina'sgreatachievementsinthepastsevendecades.Chinaandthethreecountriesarepleasedwiththegoodmomentuminthegrowthofourrelations.Weallagreetocontinuetokeepthegoodmomentumofhigh-levelexchangesanddeepentiesandcooperationacrosstheboardbyenhancingBeltandRoadcooperationandcompletingthefollow-upactionsoftheFOCACBeijingSummit.Inthisway,wewillrealizecommondevelopmentthroughwin-wincooperation.

ChinaandUgandahave,buildingonourtraditionalfriendship,seenevergreaterpoliticaltrustinrecentyearsandmoreactivecooperationacrosstheboard.PresidentYoweriMuseveniattendedtheFOCACBeijingSummitinChinalastyear.ThisyearhepaidaworkingvisittoChinaandattendedthefirstChina-AfricaEconomicandTradeexpo,duringwhichheandPresidentXiJinpinghadfruitfultalks.Duringmyvisit,Ihadin-depthexchangeofviewswiththeUgandanleaderandtheforeignministeronbilateralrelationsandotherissuesofmutualinterest.Thetwosidesbothbelievethatweshouldapproachbilateralrelationsfromastrategicheightandwithalong-termperspective.Basedonourrespectivestrengthsanddevelopmentneeds,wewillbuildsynergybetweenourBeltandRoadcooperationandtheimplementationofthefollow-upactionsoftheFOCACBeijingSummitwithUgandaVision2040.Wewillfocusoncooperationintrade,industrialcapacity,infrastructureandindustrialzonestosteadilyenrichourcomprehensivestrategiccooperativepartnershipandmakeourmutuallybeneficialcooperationapace-setterinChina-Africacooperation.

Thisyearmarksthe55thanniversaryofdiplomaticrelationsbetweenChinaandtheRepublicoftheCongo.Thetwocountrieshaveaprofoundtraditionalfriendship.PresidentDenisSassouNguessohasalreadypaidthreestatevisitstoChinaattheinvitationofPresidentXiJinping.DuringhisfirsttriptoAfricain2013,PresidentXivisitedtheRepublicoftheCongo.Duringmyvisit,Ihadin-depthmeetingsandtalkswithleadersoftheRepublicoftheCongo.IexpressedChina'sdeepsympathyovertherecentseriousfloodingaffectingpartsofCongo.BothsidesspokehighlyofChina-Congorelations.Weagreedtokeepupthemomentumofhigh-levelexchanges,enhancefriendshipandmutualtrust,andoffereachotherfirmsupportonissuesconcerningtheother'scoreinterestsandmajorconcernstodemonstratethestrengthofourcomprehensivestrategiccooperativepartnership.ChinaisreadytocontinuedoingourutmosttosupportCongoinitseconomicandsocialdevelopment.Thetwosidesagreedtoworktogethertoactivelypromotecooperationinfinanceandaviation,andmakeourcooperationamodelforthetransformationandupgradingofChina-Africacooperation.

SenegalistheincumbentAfricanco-chairofFOCAC.SenegalwasthefirstWestAfricancountryPresidentXiJinpingvisitedandthefirstinWestAfricatosignaBeltandRoadCooperationdocumentwithChina.Duringmyvisit,thetwosideshadin-depthdiscussionsonbilateraltiesandotherissuesofmutualinterest.BothsidesunderscoredtheneedtoviewourrelationsfromastrategicheightandagreedtoexpandcooperationundertheBeltandRoadInitiativeandwithintheFOCACframework,andenhancecooperationinareaslikeinfrastructureanddevelopmentofindustrialzones.ChinasupportsSenegalinimplementingitsPlanforanEmergingSenegalandinhostingthe2022SummerYouthOlympics.WewillworktoadvancetheChina-Senegalcomprehensivestrategiccooperativepartnershipandmakeourcooperationaparadigmofhigh-qualityandsustainablecooperation.ThetwocountriesreaffirmedcommitmenttotheirdutiesasFOCACco-chairs,andagreedtoworktogethertoimplementthefollow-upactionsoftheBeijingSummit,advanceChina-Africarelations,andupholdmultilateralismandthecommoninterestsofdevelopingcountries.

Duringmyvisit,Ibriefedleadersofthethreecountriesonthefourthplenarysessionofthe19thCPCCentralCommitteeandtheCentralEconomicWorkConference.ThethreecountriescongratulatedChinaonthesuccessofthesemeetings.TheyspokehighlyofChina'sachievementsinmodernizingthesystemandcapacityforgovernance.TheyexpressedoptimisminChina'sdevelopmentprospectsandfirmsupporttoChina'spursuitofadevelopmentpathsuitedtoitsnationalreality.TheyacknowledgedChina'scontributiontotheprogressofmankind.TheyexpressedfirmsupportforChina'sdomesticandforeignpolicyanditsdevelopmentpath.TheyapplaudedChina'sresolveandcouragetodeepenreformandopening-upamidstaglobalslowdown.TheyexpressedfullconfidencethatChinawillseizeopportunities,risetochallengesandmakegreaterprogressinitsdevelopment,therebycontributingmoretopeaceintheworldandprogressofAfrica.

Ingeneral,thisvisithashelpedtoimplementtheimportantunderstandingsreachedbetweenPresidentXiJinpingandAfricanleadersaswellasthefollow-upstotheFOCACBeijingSummit.Ithasenhancedmutualunderstanding,friendshipandwin-wincooperationbetweenChinaandthesecountries,andachieveditsexpectedgoals.

3.YouhavevisitedAfricamanytimesinrecentyears.Whatdoyouthinkofthecurrentsituationonthecontinent?TheinternationalcommunityispayingcloserattentiontoAfrica.Manycountriesareenhancingandexpandingcooperationwiththecontinent.Afteryourtripsthisyear,canyousharewithussomeofyourthoughts?

YangJiechi:MyvisitstoAfricancountrieshaveimpresseduponmethatAfricaisalandofpromisethathascomealongwayinitsdevelopmentandshownenormousgrowthpotential.Withoverallpeaceandstability,Africancountriesareactivelypursuingeconomicdiversificationandsustainable,home-growndevelopment,andhavemaintainedthestrongmomentumofgrowth.

ThecomingintobeingoftheAfCFTAmarkedanothermajorstepforwardinAfricanintegration.Africaissettofurtherunleashitsgrowthpotential.Thecontinentseesitsinfluenceininternationalaffairsontheriseandreceivesincreasinginternationalattentionandinvestment.Thistrendmeansmorealternativesforcooperationandmuch-neededcapitalandtechnologyforAfrica'sgrowth.ItwillalsohelpAfricaimproveitsenvironmentfordevelopmentandrealizeindustrializationandsustainable,home-growndevelopmentatanearlydate.

China'scooperationwithAfricahasbeenguidedbyXiJinpingThoughtonDiplomacy.Suchcooperationhasfollowedtheprincipleofsincerity,realresults,amityandgoodfaith,theprincipleofpursuingthegreatergoodandsharedinterestsandanapproachofnointerferenceinAfricancountries'internalaffairs,noimpositionofourwillonAfricancountries,noattachmentofpoliticalstringstoassistancetoAfrica,andnoseekingofpoliticalinterestsininvestmentandfinancingcooperationwithAfrica.ChinahasalwayssupportedAfricancountriesintheirsearchfordevelopmentpathssuitedtotheirnationalconditions.ChinaisactivelyinvolvedinUNpeacekeepingoperationsinAfrica.WearereadytofurtherenhancecooperationwithAfricainpeaceandsecurity.Theseconsistentpoliciesandpracticeshavestoodthetestoftime.TheyhavewonthetrustofAfricangovernmentsandpeoplesandtherecognitionofthewiderinternationalcommunity.

ChinahaslongheldtheviewthatcooperationwithAfricamustbebasedonrespectforthedesireandcallofAfricancountries,andbeconductedinanopen,inclusiveandwin-winmanner.China'scooperationwithAfricadoesnottargetanythirdparty.SomepeoplewhoareunhappyaboutthegrowingChina-Africarelationshavemadegroundlessaccusationstodefameandattackourcooperation.TheirirresponsiblebehaviorhasbeenrefutedbybothChinaandAfricaandpeoplewithvisionfromtheinternationalcommunity.Factsspeaklouderthanwords.Peoplewithfairjudgmentcantellrightfromwrong.ThosewhoattempttosowdiscordbetweenChinaandAfricawillfindnoaudienceinAfrica.ThosewhoattempttounderminethetraditionalfriendshipbetweenChinaandAfricawillonlyfail.

AsAfrica'sgoodfriend,goodpartnerandgoodbrother,ChinawillcontinuetofirmlysupportAfrica'sefforttoseekstrengththroughunityandtheeconomicandsocialdevelopmentofAfricancountries.WewillexpandfriendlyandpracticalcooperationwithAfricancountriesinallfieldsforwin-winresults.WehavenodoubtthatanevenbrighterfutureisaheadofAfrica.Chinawillworkcloselywiththerestoftheinternationalcommunitytodrawoneachother'sstrengthandformsynergytocontributetogethertoAfrica'speaceanddevelopment.

4.Senegal,thelaststopofyourtrip,hastakenoverasthenewAfricanco-chairofFOCAC.Nextyearwillbethe20thanniversaryofFOCAC.WhatisyourcommentonthejourneyFOCAChastraveledinthepasttwodecadesandhowwillChinatakeforwarditsrelationswithAfricain2020?

YangJiechi:SincetheinceptionofFOCACinOctober2000,sevenministerialconferencesandthreesummitshavebeenheldthankstotheconcertedeffortsofChinaandAfrica.FOCAChasgrownintoavaluableplatformforcollectivedialogueandaneffectivemechanismforpracticalcooperation.TheBeijingSummitofSeptember2018wasagreatsuccess.AsanewmilestoneinthepursuitofgreatersolidarityandcooperationandcommondevelopmentbetweenChinaandAfrica,theSummitestablishedFOCACasanimportantpace-setterininternationalcooperationwithAfrica.Indeed,FOCAChastraveledanextraordinaryjourneyinthepasttwodecades.

First,inkeepingwiththedesireofthetwosides,China-Africarelationshavebeenupgradedfromanewtypeofpartnership,toanewtypeofstrategicpartnership,andtoacomprehensivestrategicandcooperativepartnership.Duringlastyear'sBeijingSummit,PresidentXiJinpingandAfricanleadersagreedtobuildanevenstrongerChina-Africacommunitywithasharedfuture,addingmoresubstancetothecomprehensivestrategicandcooperativepartnershipbetweenChinaandAfrica.

Second,China-AfricarelationsandthebilateraltiesofChinaandAfricancountrieshavebeenrunningatahighlevel.Inparticular,onthesidelinesofthe2018BeijingSummit,PresidentXiJinpinghadbilateralmeetingswithallparticipatingAfricanleaders,including50headsofstateandgovernmentandtheChairpersonoftheAUCommission.ThediscussionsbetweenChineseandAfricanleadersonfriendshipandcooperationbroughtChina-Africafriendlytiesandmutualtrusttoanewheightandgaveastrongboosttotheall-rounddevelopmentofChina-Africarelations.

Third,allFOCACmeetingshaveproducedpracticaloutcomesthatfurtheredChina-Africacooperation.TheyhavebeendulyimplementedasChinatakesitscommitmentsseriously.Afteryearsofdevelopment,theForumhasseenitsoutcomesspreadingacrossAfricaandtrulybenefitingtheAfricanpeople.Atlastyear'sFOCACBeijingSummit,eightmajorinitiativeswereadopted.TheirimplementationhavebecomepartandparcelofthecooperationbetweenChinaandAfricaundertheBeltandRoadInitiative,aswellasimplementationoftheAU'sAgenda2063andtheUN's2030AgendaforSustainableDevelopment,andthedevelopmentstrategiesofAfricancountries.TheeightmajorinitiativeshavebeenwarmlyreceivedbyAfricancountries.ChinaandAfricaareworkingtogethertoimplementthemasquicklyaswecan.

Fourth,throughFOCAC,ChinaandAfricahavemadeourownvoiceheardonmajorinternationalandregionalissues,addingtothevoiceofunityandcooperationamongChina,Africaandotherdevelopingcountries.AstheoutcomesofFOCAChavehadapositiveimpact,theinternationalcommunityhaspaidmoreattentiontoAfricaandmajorcountriesintheworldhaveincreasedtheirengagementinAfrica.Thesehavebroughtpositiveenergyandnewhopetoaninternationallandscapethatisotherwisefullofuncertainty.

Nextyearwillmarkthe20thanniversaryofFOCAC,andwillbecrucialinthefullimplementationofthefollow-upactionsoftheBeijingSummit.Nextyearwillalsomarkthe60thanniversaryofChina'sdiplomaticrelationswithGhanaandMali,ourtraditionalfriends.Takingthe20thanniversaryofFOCACasanopportunity,ChinawillworkcloselywithSenegalasco-chairs,andwithotherAfricancountries,tomaintainclosehigh-levelexchangesanddeepenBeltandRoadcooperation.Wewillactivelyadvanceinstitution-buildingoftheForum,explorenewdevelopmentapproachesandcooperationmodels,andworktogethertoensuresoundimplementationoftheBeijingSummitfollow-upactions,bringourpracticalcooperationtoahigherlevel,andwewillstepupcoordinationandcooperationininternationalaffairs.Together,wewillbuildanevenstrongerChina-Africacommunitywithasharedfuture,andachievemutualbenefitandcommondevelopment.

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