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Thursday, January 28, 2016, 20:50

Chinese FM to visit Africa

By Xinhua

BEIJING - Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will depart China on Jan 30 to pay official visits to Malawi, Mauritius, Mozambique and Namibia, before attending a Syria donors conference in London on Feb 4.

"Choosing Africa as the destination for foreign minister's first trip each year is a fine tradition of China's diplomacy. It shows the importance attached to China-Africa ties," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a regular news briefing Thursday in Beijing.

The choice of the four countries, each with different characteristics, demonstrates China's diplomatic principle of treating all countries on an equal basis, Hua said.

Wang will meet leaders and foreign ministers to discuss how to implement the outcomes of Johannesburg summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and to align priority cooperation areas and projects.

During the summit in early December, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed 10 major cooperation plans for the next three years in such areas as industrialization, agriculture, infrastructure, green development, and poverty reduction.

"We hope cooperation between China and Africa will bear fruit and benefit the people at an early date, promote win-win outcomes and joint development between China and Africa," Hua said.

As for the Syria donors conference, also known as the International Humanitarian Pledging Conference for Syria, Hua said that the minister will elaborate on China's proposals for Syria's humanitarian situation and political settlement process, as well as measures to alleviate the suffering of Syria's homeless and refugees.

China hopes this conference will bring attention from all sides to the refugee issue and leverage more international efforts on the assistance and settlement of refugees, she said.

She added that China supports a UN meditating role for a political settlement in Syrian, which will help address the root cause of the refugee issue.

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