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International Seminar on “New Era of China’s Development and New Opportunities of China-Africa Cooperation”

Date:03/23/2019

International Seminar on “New Era of China’s Development and New Opportunities of China-Africa Cooperation” was Held in Beijing

  In order to further promote the exchanges and cooperation between China and Africa think tanks, as well as to introduce and propagate the Spirit of the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China, on the morning of January 18, 2018, the international seminar on “New Era of China’s Development and New Opportunities of China-Africa Cooperation” was held in Beijing.

  This seminar was sponsored by Chinese Academy of Social Sciences (CASS), and was undertaken by the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies (IWAAS), CASS, Bureau of International Cooperation, CASS and China Africa Institute. The participants of this seminar included sixteen think tanks expert representatives from eleven African countries including Ethiopia, Angola, Ghana, Zimbabwe, Cameroon, Kenya, South Africa, Nigeria, Swaziland, Tanzania and Zambia; Former Chinese Ambassador to South Africa, Liu Guijin, Former Chinese Ambassador to Eritrea and Rwanda, Shu Zhan, Director Yang Guang and Deputy Director Li Xinfeng. Some experts and scholars from important think tanks and universities, which included related institutes of CASS, China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations (CICIR), Peking University, Renmin University of China, and some friends from the media circle also participated in this seminar.

  In the seminar, Researcher Cai Fang, Deputy Director of CASS, and Mr. Nkolo Foe, Vice President of African Association of Social Sciences,addressed opening speech separately. Both sides fully affirmed the importance of the community of a shared future for China and Africa and stressed the irreplaceability of the cooperation between China and Africa think tanks.

  The participating experts made speeches and discussions on four special projects, which are “the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and its International Meaning”, “the New Journey of China Modernization and New Opportunities of Global Development”, “the Foreign Policies of China and China-Africa Community with a Shared Future”, “the Belt and Road Initiative and ‘Africa 2063 Agenda’”.

  In the first period of the seminar, experts made speeches on “the Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era and its International Meaning”, and it was hosted by former Chinese ambassador Liu Guijin.

  Charles Onunaij, Director of China Africa Studies Center, shared his opinions on China-Africa cooperation and China-Africa challenges. He fully acknowledged the validity of the Road of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, highly evaluated the innovation ability, scientific energy and bravery of self-criticizing of the Communist Party of China. Charles Onunaij pointed out that the challenges between China and Africa could be solved by mutual consultation. He said that currently the cooperation between China and Africa has entered a new era, and both sides need to explore new cooperation areas, find new interests intersection, as well as promoting efficiency and deepening cooperation.

  Xu Weizhong, Researcher of IWAAS, CICIR, explained contents of the first phase of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics, the factors that can influence the stability of China development and those factors’ inter-relations systematically, and also elucidated important opinions on the era of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics.

  Madakufamba Munetsi, Executive Director of South Africa Studies and Documentation Center, stressed that China-Africa cooperation must make adjustments according to the current situation, African countries must have global horizon and abnegate the prejudices in the colonial period, and conduct China-Africa cooperation objectively and friendly.

  Li Wengang, Associate Researcher from IWAAS, CASS, discussed his understanding towards the new era of Socialism with Chinese Characteristics and the meaning of the fruits of 19th CPC National Congress to African development and China-Africa development from the angle of soft power.

  Shakespear Hamauswa, Lecturer of Mulungushi University, pointed out that intellects always play a critical role in the shaping of international politics, and he stressed the importance of intellectual investments in a nation’s transformation and the relationship between China and Africa.

  In the second period of the seminar, experts made speeches on “the New Journey of China’s Modernization and New Opportunities of Global Development”, and it was hosted by An Chunying, researcher of IWAAS, CASS.

  He Wenping, Researcher of IWAAS, CASS, analyzed China’s development road,  new challenges and opportunities of China-Africa cooperation in the new era through China roadmap and 2050 goal, the Belt and Road Initiative as well as China-Africa cooperation and new opportunities of China-Africa cooperation.

  Kenneth Inyani Simala, Researcher of African Social Sciences Studies Development Council, made a speech on cooperation between China and Africa studies institutions and stressed it should put people first. He thought that Africa should pay attention to the development of its people, conducts innovative researches so as to provide intellectual support for Pan-African area and policy studies.

  ALdin Kaizilege Mutembei, Co-dean of the Confucius Institute at the University of Dar es Salaam, hoped that Tanzania could be developed as a bridgehead of China-Africa cooperation, explore new opportunities, and popularize mandarin so as to bring new opportunities for the country; he also stressed the importance of language to the opportunities of China investment to Africa, and he upheld the richness and openness of China-Tanzania cooperation.

  Tang Xiaoyang, Professor of Tsinghua University, pointed out that China stresses regional integration and economic globalization in the new international situation and politics, and will never seek hegemony. This is the new era of China-Africa cooperation with the strong momentum of African development

  Allan Cain, Originator and Director of Development Office, analyzed the similarities and differences of modernization between China and Africa, and proposed that Africa should look to the east so as to learn and implement experiences of China urbanization.

  In the third period of the seminar, experts made speeches on “the Foreign Policies of China and Sino-African Community of Common Destiny”, and it was hosted by Tan Xiuying, who is the Professor of University of International Relations.

  Gregory Frederick Houston, Principal Investigator of Council of the Study of the Humanities, expressed his opinions on the foreign policies of the US and China, and through the differences he called for China to play a bigger role in international affairs.

  Zhu Weidong, Researcher of IWAAS, CASS, stressed that China-Africa community with a shared future is the foundation and goal of China-Africa cooperation, and China-Africa cooperation should insist on a more balanced approach to upholding principles and pursuing interests so as to support the realization of the Chinese Dream as well as the African Dream.

  Gideon Macharia Munene, Professor of American International University of Kenya, pointed out that the Belt and Road Initiative has made China become the center of the world, and China is more open and have higher implementing ability in the new era. Africa should become an important part in this process, not only as a recipient country, but also as a participant.

  Kweku Appiah, Executive Director of a think tank, analyzed the relationship between China and Ghana. He said China encourages accountable firms to invest and build factories in Ghana so as to help the area get out of poverty and help young people to get a job. The unbalance between China-Africa trades has stressed the importance of African industrialization.

  Zeng Aiping, Associate Researcher of China Institute of International Studies (CIIS), pointed out that currently China and Africa should unswervingly adhere to the principle of “mutual benefit”, and our policies toward Africa should be based on the principles of “wide-ranging and comprehensive cooperation” and “sincerity, affinity and good faith” so as to build a community with a shared future for China and Africa.

  In the fourth period of the seminar, experts made speeches on “the Belt and Road Initiative and ‘Africa 2063 Agenda’”, and it was hosted by Former Chinese Ambassador Shu Zhan.

  Yang Baorong, Associate Researcher of IWAAS, CASS, systematically elucidated the superiorities and features of China experience and summarized the junctions of China-Africa cooperation in the new era.

  Garth Llewlyn Lepere, Professor of University of Pretoria, made speeches on “how we look at butt joint”, “what is the new era”. He stressed that Africa should grasp the features of the new era exactly, promote the participation of private sectors and make preparations for docking with China

  Karen Aline F. Meyers, Professor of University of Swaziland, made speeches on the topic of “different stance, different vision——to analyze the China-Africa relationship from the aspect of literature”, and he stressed that both sides should strengthen the exchanges and communication in literature and culture field.

  Hao Rui, General Manager of Research and Development Department of China-Africa Development Fund, pointed out that China-Africa cooperation is prior to the Belt and Road Initiative, and the new opportunities is “new”, and he said we can strengthen the integration of the Belt and Road Initiative and “ Africa 2063 Agenda” through governmental and industrial cooperation.

  Leon-Marie Nkolo Ndjodo, Visiting Scholar of Zhejiang Normal University, pondered the social problems of China and Africa from the angle of culture, and he proposed to establish new China-Africa institutions and laboratories to conduct new cooperation.

  After the ending of the special projects discussion, participating Chinese and African scholars made a discussion about the history, current situation and future development of China-Africa relationship deeply.

  On the closing ceremony, Walter Bgoya, Executive Director of Tanzania Mkuki Na Nyota Publisher, and Li Xinfeng, Deputy Director of IWAAS, CASS, addressed closing speech separately.

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