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05:11, September 05, 2018

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Beijing declaration, action plan adopted at FOCAC summit

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A declaration and an action plan were adopted Tuesday at the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in the Great Hall of the People in Beijing.

The Beijing Declaration -- Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future and the FOCAC Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021) were adopted at the two-phase roundtable meeting, chaired respectively by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, the co-chair of the forum.

Xi said the summit over the past two days repeated the call for China-Africa win-win cooperation and common development.

Xi said the leaders have unanimously decided to build a China-Africa community with a shared future that assumes joint responsibility, pursues win-win cooperation, delivers happiness for all, enjoys cultural prosperity, ensures common security, and promotes harmony between man and nature.

Xi said they have unanimously adopted the summit's outcome documents, setting the direction for the development of China-Africa relations.

Xi said they have agreed to develop FOCAC into a brand of China-Africa solidarity and cooperation, and a banner that guides international cooperation with Africa under the principle of consultation, cooperation and benefit for all.

Xi said they have decided to firmly uphold an open world economy and the multilateral trading system, while opposing protectionism and unilateralism. (Xinhua)

Xi's special representative to visit DPRK

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China's top legislator Li Zhanshu will head a delegation to visit the Democratic People's Republic of Korea (DPRK) Saturday as a special representative of Xi Jinping, general secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and Chinese president.

The announcement was made by a spokesperson of the CPC Central Committee's International Department in Beijing Tuesday.

Li, a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress, will also attend activities to celebrate the 70th anniversary of the founding of the DPRK, said the spokesperson in a press release.

Li was invited by the Central Committee of the Workers' Party of Korea and the DPRK government, said the spokesperson. (Xinhua)

Man detained after explosion near US embassy in Cairo

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A 24-year-old man was detained on Tuesday near the US Embassy in downtown Cairo after a bottle containing flammable chemicals caught fire in his backpack.

A statement released by Egypt’s state information service named the suspect as Abdullah Ayman Abdesamea.

“Preliminary investigations suggest that he harbors some extremist ideas and was intending to use [the chemicals] to commit an act of aggression,” the statement said. (People’s Daily app)

Second resignation as Macron shuffles cabinet

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French President Emmanuel Macron was hit by a second resignation in a week on Tuesday as his sports minister quit.

Macron was already seeking a replacement for environment minister Nicolas Hulot, whose resignation last week caught France's political establishment off guard.

Earlier Tuesday, Sports Minister Laura Flessel, a popular fencing champion overseeing preparation for the 2024 Olympics in Paris, also stepped down.

Unlike Hulot, Flessel cited "personal reasons" for her decision. (AFP)

Russia says space station leak could be deliberate sabotage

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Russia launched checks Tuesday after its space chief said an air leak on the International Space Station last week could have been caused by deliberate sabotage.

Space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin said the hole was caused by a drill and could have been done deliberately, either back on Earth or in space.

Astronauts used tape to seal the leak after it caused a small loss of pressure that was not life-threatening.

Previously, Rogozin said the hole was most likely caused by a tiny meteorite. (AFP)

Paintings reflect Africa in Chinese artists' eyes

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To celebrate the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, an art tour featuring Chinese contemporary artworks on Africa will come to many major Chinese cities from September to December.

The event, under the guidance of China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism, is hosted by the Network of International Culturalink Entities.

Last year, it sponsored eight young and middle-aged Chinese painters who traveled to African countries, such as Mauritius, Malawi, Tanzania and Ethiopia, where they created 144 paintings.

The art tour will start in Chongqing and stop in Shenzhen, Shanghai, Weihai and Hangzhou. (Chinaculture.org)

Thanks for listening and be sure to catch us tomorrow.

And now for the Question of the Day:

What is the highest mountain in Africa?

(Answer: Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania. It is 4,900 meters from its base, and 5,895 meters above sea level.)

Today’s quote is from Ghanaian statesman Kofi Annan.

“We need to keep hope alive and strive to do better.”

(Produced by Nancy Yan Xu, Ryan Yaoran Yu, and Raymond Mendoza.)

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