The People’s Republic of China in collaboration with the African Union (AU) on Monday inaugurated a new cooperation model called the China-Africa Institute aimed at deepening China-Africa governance collaboration, among others.
The launch in Beijing was presided over by former Mozambican president Joaquim Chissano and Yang Jiechi—a member of the ruling Communist Party of China’s (CPC) central committee—who represented Chinese President Xi Jinping at the ceremony.
The inauguration came just days before Beijing hosts the second summit of its flagship Belt and Road Initiative (BRI) later this month which will draw together heads of State and Government from Africa, Asia and some European countries.
Reading out Xi’s letter, Yang, who is also the director of Foreign
Affairs Commission in CPC, told over 40 African ambassadors and AU diplomats to China that the institute will uphold the principle of honesty and pursue the greater good of shared interest between the two parties.
“We fully respect African countries’ right to independently choose their development path and work with them to promote experience sharing and mutual learning to compliment governance and development.
“China is committed to a people centered development and we will work with our African friends to explore new models of our cooperation for the benefit our two peoples,” he said.