BUSINESS Significant, sustained progress made in China-Africa ties within cooperation framework: AU chairperson

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Significant, sustained progress made in China-Africa ties within cooperation framework: AU chairperson

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16:50, January 29, 2021

Containers are seen at the new container terminal in Walvis Bay, Namibia, Aug. 2, 2019. (Xinhua/Zhang Yu)

"With China, significant and sustained progress has been made within the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation," Chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat said.

ADDIS ABABA, Jan. 28 (Xinhua) -- Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission Moussa Faki Mahamat has said that "significant and sustained" progress has been made in China-Africa ties.

"With China, significant and sustained progress has been made within the framework of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)," Mahamat said in an analysis of his first-term AU Commission chairmanship published on Tuesday.

Photo taken on Sept. 22, 2020 shows facilities at the BGI Ethiopia COVID-19 test kit factory in the Bole Lemi industrial park on the outskirts of Addis Ababa, capital of Ethiopia. (Xinhua/Wang Shoubao)

He reiterated the AU Commission's strong commitment to upholding multilateralism and supporting international partners in halting the trend of unilateralism.

"Africa stands with those who fight unilateralism and strongly advocate for a multilateralism of respect, equality and mutual benefit," he said.

Last month, AU Commissioner for Social Affairs Amira Elfadil also hailed China as a strategic partner of Africa.

"We are looking for those who are serious about the future of this continent, and when we say strategic partners and mention strategic partnerships, China comes first and we appreciate this partnership very much," Elfadil said.

Members of Namibia's COVID-19 pandemic task team attend a video consultation conference with Chinese medical experts in Windhoek, Namibia, April 14, 2020. (Photo by Musa C Kaseke/Xinhua)

Meanwhile, Mahamat warned in his analysis that global challenges, national egoism, the decline of multilateralism, the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and dwindling resources "have hampered our forward march" during the past four years.

He said that if he is re-elected, renewing the AU Commission's strategic partnerships with bilateral and multilateral partners is one of the major aspirations.

"International cooperation and solidarity are irreplaceable," he said.

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