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Global Dynamics Favour Closer, China-Africa cooperation

BRI to be the lynchpin of trade and commerce, Zimbabwe to tap into a comprehensive strategic partnership Phillip Japa As the year 2023 opens, there is huge promise that China-Africa friendship will grow stronger and that the practical and strategic partnership between the two sides will be deeper and more fruitful. China enjoys good relations with African countries at multilateral and bilateral levels; and China actively cooperates with Africa’s institutions such as the African Union. Why do China and Africa have such a close relationship and such a deep bond of friendship?

BRI to be the lynchpin of trade and commerce, Zimbabwe to tap into a comprehensive strategic partnership

 

Phillip Japa

 

As the year 2023 opens, there is huge promise that China-Africa friendship will grow stronger and that the practical and strategic partnership between the two sides will be deeper and more fruitful.

China enjoys good relations with African countries at multilateral and bilateral levels; and China actively cooperates with Africa’s institutions such as the African Union.

Why do China and Africa have such a close relationship and such a deep bond of friendship? According to President Xi Jinping, as he stated during his keynote speech at the Eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in November 2021:

“The key lies in the everlasting spirit of China-Africa friendship and co-operation forged between the two sides, characterised by sincere friendship and equality, mutual benefit and common development, fairness and justice, openness and inclusive ness and progress with the times.”

“This,” continues President Xi, “truly captures the story of China and Africa working together in good times and hardship over the past decades amd provides a source of strength for the continuous growth of friendly China-Africa relations.” (Xi Jinping, Governance of China IV, 2022).

China and Africa’s relations are anchored on a number of pillars according to evolving dynamics.

These include expanded practical cooperation comprising of trade and investment, sharing experiences on poverty reduction and elimination, cooperation on the digital economy, promoting entrepreneurship by young Africans and the development of small and medium enterprises (SMEs).

Another pillar is promoting green development and China will assist Africa in attaining low carbon development and actively promote solar, wind and other renewable energy sources. China will work on the effective implementation of the global Paris Agreement on climate change and continue to strengthen capacity for sustainable development. Another key pillar is the upholding of global multilateralism and equity and justice among the nations of the world.

Given the above pillars, there are some practical cooperation that flow from them that will soon be implemented as programmes including medical and health, poverty reduction and agriculture development, trade promotion, investment promotion, digital innovation, green development, capacity development, cultural and people to people exchange and lastly peace and security.

Given the comprehensive nature of the relations between the two sides as outlined above, and the practical cooperation and implementation of various programmes and projects in Africa, it is a fact that no other global power has the power to supersede China in Africa.

The situation is made worse by the fact that other global powers such as the United States and Europe, as well as Russia are currently bogged down by the conflict in Ukraine and their own domestic issues, including declining statures for some powerhouses such as Britain.

Demonstrably, proposals by the European Union and the US to Africa have not been attractive enough, appearing as they have been, to be knee-jerk reactions to China’s well-executed plans.

At the close of last year, the US hosted an Africa’s leaders summit, but as Africans say, it was all froth no beer! There appears to be no earth-shattering projects or programmes or agenda that will flow from the meeting – and time will tell.

BRI, on 10th anniversary, at the centre

An article on China Daily recently stated that, “China-led visions, including the Belt and Road Initiative, will be a major highlight of Beijing’s diplomatic agenda next year to ensure they better serve the common good of the international community.”

Next year marks the 10th anniversary of President Xi Jinping proposing the BRI. This is a global cooperation framework that brings together countries and international organisations in a unified trade and investment cooperation with projects taking place in the members’ domain.

 

Zimbabwe joined the BRI in 2018

The first and second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation were held in 2017 and 2019 in Beijing, and brought together heads of state and government as well as leaders of top international organizations.

In 2022, China has made steady progress in advancing high-quality Belt and Road cooperation, per China Daily. In the first 11 months of this year, China’s trade with Belt and Road partners grew by 20.4 percent, despite the global economic downturn.

China signed Belt and Road cooperation documents with another five countries in 2022, making the Belt and Road family a big gathering of 150 countries and 32 international organisations and marking a new high in international economic cooperation, and serves as a new engine driving the development of all countries, according to Wang Yi, China’s Foreign Minister.

China’s business with the world anchored on the BRI, is also complemented by other key initiatives, the Global Development Initiative and Global Security Initiative that seek to deepen global governance architecture, peace and security, justice and equality of nations under the banner of multilateralism.

China, as a responsible major power, firmly upholds the UN-centered international system and the international order underpinned by international law, and build more consensus, pool greater strength and take more actions for the cause of global development and security.

With China exercising responsible and exemplary global leadership, countries like Zimbabwe which enjoy good bilateral relations with the Asian giant will benefit not just from practical cooperation, but also closely watch the footsteps of China to find inspiration for it to craft an independent development and growth path. – Review And Mail

Philip Japa is a researcher and writer for a Harare-based think tank. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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