Chinese funds are not for "vanity projects" in Africa but are to build infrastructure that can remove development bottlenecks, Chinese President Xi Jinping said on Monday, telling Chinese firms they also had to respect local people and the environment. Over the past five years, there were more than 100 activities on cultural exchanges and 200 cultural cooperation projects.
Xi told him on Sunday that "foreign forces" should not interfere in Sudan's internal affairs, China's Foreign Ministry said.
The Chinese projects in Africa include the Ethiopia-Djibouti railway and Kenya's standard gauge railway from Mombasa to Nairobi.
Beijing loaned around $125bn to the continent from 2000 to 2016, data from the China-Africa Research Initiative at Washington's Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies shows.
The summit themed "China and Africa: Towards an Even Stronger Community with a Shared Future through Win-Win Cooperation", is meant to link the Belt and Road Initiative with the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development, the AU's Agenda 2063 and individual countries' development plans.
Leader of Majority Aden Duale, Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua and Chief of Defence Forces General Samson Mwathethe led senior government officials in seeing off the President.
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Over the last two decades, China has gone from being a relatively small investor in Africa to becoming the continent's largest economic partner, with bilateral trade growing at about 20 percent annually, according to a report from McKinsey, the consultancy, last year.
In May, African central banks, under the Macroeconomic and Financial Management Institute of Eastern and Southern Africa, (MEFMI) a regional establishment with members including EAC countries supported the introduction of the yuan as a reserve currency.
He pointed out that energy, transport, telecommunications and tapping cross-border water resources would be on China's radar in the next phase of Africa's infrastructural forays. China welcomes Africa's participation in the Silk Road International League of Theaters, the Silk Road International Museum Alliance and the Network of Silk Road Art Festivals. In an editorial, the paper said that the West just had "sour grapes" over China's good relations with Africa.
"Industrialisation is the prerequisite and key point for African countries to create jobs, reduce poverty and improve livelihoods, and then achieve inclusive and sustainable development", Jiang said, adding that Chinese investment will help the continent to upgrade its industry and bolster endogenous growth capacity.
"We are ready to make a greater contribution to support cultural diversity in the world", he said, citing as a target exchange programme in culture, arts, education sports, think tanks and media, focusing on young people to strengthen the bond between the people of China and Africa.
Ramaphosa said the Sino-Africa relationship was "premised on the right of African people to determine their own future [towards] an Africa we want, where the guns would have been silenced and all its people live in peace an security".
Besides energy, Zimbabwe and China are cooperating in various other sectors.