On November 2, 2016, President Xi Jinping held talks with President Alpha Condé of Guinea at the Great Hall of the People. The two heads of state decided to establish China-Guinea comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation, and take the implementation of results achieved in the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) as an opportunity to deepen and expand, in an all-round manner, bilateral friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in various fields, so as to create a brighter future for China-Guinea relations.
Xi Jinping pointed out that Guinea is the first country in Sub-Saharan Africa to establish diplomatic relations with the People’s Republic of China. Over the past 57 years, the two countries have always maintained sincere friendship and equal treatment, and understood and supported each other on the issues related to respective core interests and major concern. Friendly cooperation relations between the two countries have withstood the test of international vicissitude and become even firmer. China stands ready to, together with Guinea, give full play to the two advantages of traditional friendship and economic complementarity, to constantly inject new impetus into the development of comprehensive strategic partnership of cooperation.
Xi Jinping emphasized that China and Guinea should persist in planning and developing bilateral relations from a strategic and long-term perspective, strengthen bilateral exchanges and cooperation of people from such fields as governments, ruling parties, legislative bodies and local governments, and consolidate the political foundation of long-term friendship. China firmly supports Guinea to explore a development path that fits well with its own national conditions. Both sides should deepen mutually beneficial cooperation in economy and trade, and well implement relevant cooperation projects. China stands ready to expand agricultural cooperation with Guinea and help Guinea raise the level of agricultural production so as to achieve food safety. China stands ready to work with Guinea to carry out strategic cooperation in resource development, promote infrastructure construction as well as production capacity cooperation in such areas as railways, ports, electricity and telecommunication, and support Guinea to translate resource advantages into development results so as to realize independent and sustainable development. China is willing to work with Guinea to strengthen exchanges and cooperation in areas including culture, education, health care and tourism, and enhance mutual understanding and friendship between the two peoples. China is willing to, together with Guinea, comprehensively strengthen international coordination, enhance communication and coordination in international and regional issues such as China-Africa cooperation in renewable energy, climate change, the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and African peace and security, and jointly maintain the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries.
Xi Jinping pointed out that at present, African countries are exploring development paths suitable to their own national conditions with a strong momentum, and the unity, self-reliance as well as the integration process in Africa is developing rapidly. China will uphold the African policy featuring sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith, and the correct viewpoint of righteousness and benefit, comprehensively implement the outcomes from the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit, and closely combine self-development with the assistance to Africa’s independent and sustainable development for the sake of win-win cooperation and common development.
Alpha Condé congratulated on the successful convening of the 6th plenary session of the 18th Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, and spoke highly of China’s world-known achievements under the leadership of the CPC in lifting millions of people out of poverty as well as in economic and social development. Alpha Condé expressed that Guinea appreciates China’s long-term support, including helping the Guinean government and people fight against the Ebola epidemic. Guinea is willing to work with China to expand cooperation in resource, energy, science and technology, agriculture, hydroelectricity, infrastructure and port construction, and enhance experience exchanges on state governance and administration. Guinea appreciates China for adhering to its African policy featuring sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith, commits itself to actively participating in relevant Africa-China cooperation under the framework of the 10 major cooperation plans proposed by President Xi Jinping at the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit, and stands ready to become a strategic partner of China in Africa.
After the talks, the two heads of state jointly witnessed the signing of cooperation documents between the two countries in such areas as foreign affairs, economy, infrastructure, aviation, culture, public health and finance.
Prior to the talks, Xi Jinping held a welcoming ceremony for Alpha Condé at the square outside the East Gate of the Great Hall of the People. Mme. Peng Liyuan, wife of President Xi Jinping, Vice Premier Ma Kai, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress Qiangba Puncog, Vice Chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference Wang Jiarui and others attended the ceremony.
(This article is published on the official website of Chinese Foreign Ministry)