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IWAAS Went to Eritrea, Djibouti and Mali for Research

Date:03/23/2019

IWAAS Went to Eritrea, Djibouti and Mali for Research

  From June 13 to 27, 2018, the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies, the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences sent a delegation to Eritrea, Djibouti and Mali to conduct academic research on the Belt and Road Initiative and China-Africa relations as well as local conditions, social conditions and people's conditions.  The members of the research group included Deputy Director Li Xinfeng, Researcher Zhang Yongpeng, Associate Researcher Li Wengang, Associate Researcher Yuan Wu and Assistant Researcher Guo Jia.

  Since the 2018 FOCAC Beijing Summit, which would be held in China in early September of this year, connecting the Belt and Road Initiative with the development of Africa, the research group set the theme of the research as the integration of the Belt and Road Initiative with Africa in the new international situation, the new performance and the existing problems of China-Africa relations in Africa.  At the same time, in view of the construction needs of basic disciplines of IWAAS, the research group took advantage of the opportunity of the visit and had an in-depth research on these countries’ social, ethnic and religious situations, and the political, economic and social foundations of constructing the community of a shared future for China and Africa.  In the future African studies, researchers can study African issues and China-Africa relations from the aspects of the Belt and Road Initiative and the new development environment of China-Africa relations.

 

        During the survey, the research group found that different countries had different perceptions of the Belt and Road Initiative, China-Africa cooperation and China-Africa relations.  In addition, due to the different basic national conditions of each country, there are differences in bilateral economic and trade cooperation, cultural exchanges and other aspects between the country and China.   As the Belt and Road Initiative emphasizing "consultation, joint contribution and sharing" among countries, the research group recognized that although Africa, as a developing continent, has certain commonalities, each country has its own distinct characteristics. When it comes to China-Africa cooperation, especially when China and Africa jointly build the Belt and Road Initiative, China must pay attention to the diversity and distinct characteristics of African countries.

Copyright: China-Africa Institute