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China-Africa People-to-People and Cultural Exchange and Cooperation

Date:03/22/2019

China-Africa People-to-People and Cultural Exchange and Cooperation  

  Wu Chuanhua  Guo Jia  Li Yujie

  Abstract  

  People-to-people and cultural exchange is a bridge facilitating understanding and the establishment of mutual trust between peoples and states, and is a precondition for and important embodiment of the comprehensive and further development of China-Africa relations. After many years of joint effort, a China-Africa cultural exchange and cooperation mechanism has been constantly improved so that the cultural exchanges between the two sides have become normalized. China and Africa have achieved remarkable success in film and television industry cooperation, for which Chinese cultural centers have been playing an increasingly important role. China has promoted the training of human resources in the field of African culture and trained a large number of cultural professionals for African countries. New progress has been made in educational exchanges and cooperation between China and Africa, demonstrating constant growth, ever increasing scale, continuous expansion in cooperation areas, diversified cooperation forms, and gradual upgrading of exchange levels. China and Africa have continued to strengthen their cooperation and have made remarkable achievements in such areas as cooperation mechanisms, education of international students, establishment of Confucius Institutes, intercollegiate exchanges and cooperation, cooperation in technical and vocational education, and education assistance. Cultural and educational exchanges and cooperation between China and Africa are also confronted with many problems and challenges, including an underdeveloped African cultural industry, poor education conditions in Africa, limited cultural interaction between China and Africa, and difficulties in establishment of Chinese cultural centers and Confucius Institutes. In the future, China and Africa need to further strengthen cooperation so as to lift China-Africa cultural and educational exchanges and cooperation to new heights, strive to develop programs that help bring the Chinese and African peoples closer together, and provide a powerful impetus for the smooth development of China-Africa relations by consolidating social and civil foundations. 

  China-Africa medical and healthcare cooperation is one of the ¡°Ten Major China-Africa Cooperation Plans¡± put forward by the Chinese government during the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC). China-Africa cooperation in this field has a long history and fruitful results have been achieved since the first medical team was sent to Algeria in 1963. In the new period, China-Africa medical and healthcare cooperation has evolved gradually from traditional assistance into multilevel, wide-ranging, and all-round cooperation, with a trend of in-depth development. At the same time, medical and healthcare cooperation between China and Africa is also faced with some problems and challenges in terms of concept and practice. To this end, the focus should be on long-term development in order to consolidate the results of China-Africa health cooperation, further expand the effectiveness and influence of that cooperation, achieve mutual benefit and win-win results in this sector, and ultimately consolidate the traditional friendly relations between China and Africa. 

  Strengthening exchanges and cooperation between Chinese and African media outlets is not only an objective requirement of China-Africa economic cooperation, but also an obligation to present a true Africa beyond the ¡°other¡± perspective of the Western media, which will help present a positive alternative to false accusations of the nature of China-Africa relations by Western media coverage. In recent years, with rapid and comprehensive development of China-Africa relations, an increasing number of Chinese media organizations have entered Africa with the aim of providing objective and fair media coverage on Africa and China-Africa relations from a perspective different from that adopted by the Western media, which has greatly promoted the development of the local radio, television and the media industry. Media exchanges and cooperation between China and Africa have changed the media pattern in Africa to a certain extent and may have far-reaching impact on the African media and the African people. In spite of great progress made in media exchanges and cooperation between China and Africa, existing problems and challenges are real and require practical, effective measures to actively respond to and solve in order to promote further development of media exchanges and cooperation between the two sides. 

  Key Words

  China-Africa People-to-People and Cultural Exchanges and Cooperation, Culture and Education, Medicine and Healthcare, Press Media
Copyright: China-Africa Institute