Chinese and African People Stand Together
Firmly, and Jointly Combat COVID-19 in
Faced with the severest global public health emergency since World War II, China and Africa have offered mutual support and fought shoulder to shoulder in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic, reflected the profound connotation of China-Africa community with a shared future and set a new benchmark for international anti-contagion cooperation.
On June 17th, Chinese President Xi Jinping chaired the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity Against COVID-19 in Beijing via video link and delivered a keynote speech, clearly raising important initiatives and proposals for advancing China-Africa anti-pandemic and pragmatic cooperation, and sending to the international community a strong message of China-Africa solidarity and cooperation. In the face of the pandemic, China will continue to stand firmly with Africa. China will continue to help African countries by providing supplies, sending expert teams, and accelerating the construction of the Africa CDC headquarters. China pledges that once the development and deployment of COVID-19 vaccine is completed in China, African countries will be among the first to benefit. On the basis of the implementation of the G20’s Debt Service Suspension Initiative (DSSI), China will offer greater support for those African countries that are hardest hit by the coronavirus and are under heavy financial stress.
China will work with Africa to strengthen cooperation in joint development of the Belt and Road Initiative, and to accelerate the implementation of the outcomes of FOCAC the Beijing Summit. China will explore broader cooperation with Africa in such new business forms as digital economy, smart city, clean energy, and 5G, and promote the development and revitalization in Africa, with a view to jointly building a China-Africa community of health and a closer China-Africa community with a shared future.