Chinese State Councilor and Minister of National Defense General Li Shangfu on Tuesday stressed that China will enhance China-Africa military cooperation to inject more certainty, stability and positive energy into a world rocked by changes and turmoil.
Li made his remarks at the third China-Africa Peace and Security Forum, which is taking place in Beijing from August 28 to September 2.
China will enhance military cooperation with Africa in various fields including joint exercises, peacekeeping and escorting, military education as well as professional training, Li noted.
He vowed that the principle of cooperation between China and Africa of treating each other as equals will not change, the tradition of cooperation of mutual assistance will not change, the pragmatic and effective cooperation orientation will not change, and the cooperation spirit of friendship and brotherhood will not change.
Noting China is the largest developing country and Africa is the continent with the highest concentration of developing countries, Li pointed out that China and Africa have long shared the same interests, and China is willing to stand firmly with the African people to jointly implement Global Security Initiative, and to work together to build a China-Africa community with a shared future that enjoys common security.
Featuring the theme of "Implementing the Global Security Initiative, Strengthening China-Africa Solidarity and Cooperation," the third China-Africa Peace and Security Forum aims to further consolidate the strategic communication between Chinese and African defense departments and play a positive role in building the China-Africa community with a shared future in the new era.
According to the Chinese Defense Ministry, leaders of defense departments and military chiefs of nearly 50 African countries, heads of peace and security affairs of the African Union, and military attaches of African countries to China are attending the meeting.