China and the United Kingdom (UK) Hold the 10th Round of Consultation on African Affairs

On November 21, 2019, Director-General of the Department of African Affairs of the Foreign Ministry Dai Bing co-chaired the 10th round of China-United Kingdom (UK) consultation on African affairs with Harriet Mathews, Director for Africa at the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office and Jane Edmondson, Director of East and Central African Division of the Department for International Development. Both sides exchanged in-depth views on such topics as the situation in Africa, respective policies and cooperation with Africa and hotspot issues in Africa.

Dai Bing briefed on the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and the latest outcomes of China-Africa cooperation, elaborated on China's policy towards Africa, and said that both China and the UK are permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and shoulder special responsibilities for promoting peace and development in Africa. China-UK cooperation with Africa has its own characteristics and advantages. The two sides have strengthened communication and exchanges on African affairs and actively promoted the trilateral cooperation among China, the UK and Africa, which is conducive to increasing trust and dispelling doubts and making greater contributions to the cause of peace and development in Africa.

Harriet Mathews and Jane Edmondson expressed, both the UK and China are important cooperation partners of Africa. Maintaining peace and development in Africa serves the common interests of both sides. Africa still faces many challenges at present. The international community should work together to support Africa in meeting these challenges. The UK side is ready to strengthen communication and dialogue with the Chinese side on African issues, actively expand Africa-related trilateral cooperation and jointly support African countries in enhancing governance capacity and realizing sustainable development.

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