5 Sep The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)

The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) concluded its third summit meeting in Beijing on yesterday, where a vast majority of Africa’s 55 countries sent their top leaders to join Chinese President Xi Jinping in Beijing in strengthening relations between China and Africa. A declaration and an action plan were adopted. The Beijing Declaration – “Toward an Even Stronger China-Africa Community with a Shared Future” and the FOCAC Beijing Action Plan (2019-2021) were adopted at the two-phase roundtable meeting. This meeting was chaired respectively by Chinese President Xi Jinping and President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, who is co-chair of the forum.

To help us unpack the discussion for the day, we are joined by:

• Lumkile Mondi
Political Economist

• Cobus Van Staden
Senior Resercher: Foreign Policy Programme
South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA)

• Andries Opperman
Lecturer: Economics and Mandarin
Akademie Reformatoriese Opledeing en Studies (AROS)
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