Commentary: Chinese President’s Arab, African trip opens new chapter for common prosperity
Guo Jiping-New journey creates new hopes. Mareeg.com-Chinese President Xi Jinping left Beijing on Thursday for state visits to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Senegal, Rwanda, South Africa, as well as attendance of the 10th BRICS summit in Johannesburg. He will also pay a friendly visit to Mauritius during a stopover on his way back to Beijing.
As China’s major diplomatic move toward developing countries, this is Xi’s first time to visit foreign countries after his re-election as Chinese president in March.
The visits, coming against the backdrop of profound changes in international context, will enhance China’s solidarity and cooperation with developing countries in Asia and Africa and pool more consensus for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) to be held this September.
The upcoming trip is of great significance as it will also add greater appeal to China-Africa friendship and bring a climax to China-Africa cooperation.
China held the BRICS presidency last year. The success of the Xiamen BRICS summit held last September ushered BRICS cooperation into the second golden decade.
Now, China is supporting the BRICS summit to be held in Johannesburg with practical actions and extending the achievements yielded from the Xiamen meeting, which is of great significance.
The developing countries are our natural friends in international affairs, and we have to adhere to the principle of upholding justice while pursuing shared interests and strengthen solidarity and cooperation with them, President Xi said at the Central Conference on Work Relating to Foreign Affairs in June.
“No matter how developed it may become and how much the international landscape may change, China will remain a reliable friend and sincere partner to the developing countries,” Xi declared in his speech at the Asian-African Summit in Jakarta, capital of Indonesia in 2015. Such sincerity serves as a foundation for its strong inspiration to the world.