BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony of the Paris Climate Conference from Nov. 29 to Nov. 30, pay state visits to Zimbabwe and South Africa from Dec. 1 to Dec. 5, and will also chair the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Johannesburg.
During his visits, Xi is expected to express China's proposals on countering climate change at the Paris conference and China's new initiatives to promote its comprehensive cooperation with Africa.
DIFFERENTIATED RESPONSIBILITIES ON CLIMATE CHANGE
China has called for the upcoming Paris Climate Conference to be realistic about the different capabilities and responsibilities among developed and developing countries, Vice Foreign Minister Liu Zhenmin said at a press briefing on Wednesday.
China hopes the gathering of world leaders later this month will stick to the principles outlined in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Liu said.
To cope with climate change, China has pledged an "Intended Nationally Determined Contribution" (INDC) to cut carbon dioxide emissions per unit of gross domestic product (GDP) by 60 to 65 percent from the 2005 level by 2030, according to a document submitted to the Secretariat of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change late June.
The world's second-largest economy intends to achieve its peaking of carbon dioxide emissions around 2030 and will do its best to peak early, according to the INDC.
China has also announced the setting up of a 20-billion-yuan South-South cooperation fund on climate change to help other developing countries.
China's Five-Year Plan from 2016 to 2020, aiming at a more sustainable and balanced way of development, seek to promote clean industrial production, low-carbon development and energy conservation to ensure sustainable growth in the next five years.
"Climate change is a global challenge at which no country can stand on their own. Developed and developing countries have different historical responsibilities for climate change, and different development needs and capabilities," Xi said in a written interview with Reuters in October.
"China is ready to play a constructive role and work for the timely conclusion of a comprehensive, balanced and strong agreement at the Paris conference," Xi said.
China will push for an agreement reached at the Paris Climate Conference, as it seeks to combine the reduction of carbon dioxide emissions, climate change campaign with the target of sustainable development, so as to promote the transformation of China's economy and the world economy to the model of green and low-carbon development, said He Jiankun, China's leading climate change expert and head of Tsinghua University's Laboratory of Low Carbon Energy.
CHINA, AFRICA EXPAND COOPERATION
China and African countries are a community of common destiny sharing weal and woe, facing the same task of development.
China cherishes its traditional friendship with Africa and has injected fresh meaning into the ties under new circumstances.
The concept of "sincerity, real results, affinity and good faith," which Xi expounded in a speech in Tanzania during his maiden trip to Africa in March 2013 after taking office, has been adopted in China's cooperation with Africa.
During Xi's visits to Zimbabwe and South Africa, a series of agreements on economic, trade, investment and culture are expected to be signed.
As this year marks the 35th anniversary of the establishment of China-Zimbabwe diplomatic relations, China expects to work closely with Zimbabwe to make bilateral relations a paradigm of equality, mutual trust, mutual support, cooperation, shared growth and common prosperity.
China and South Africa, member countries of the emerging-market bloc of BRICS, have pledged to forge a closer and stronger economic partnership among BRICS members.
At the upcoming summit between the two sides, China will announce new measures to promote its comprehensive cooperation with Africa, said Foreign Minister Wang Yi.
Wang said China will help Africa build up industrialization, food security, public health and desease prevention systems, of which Africa is in great need.
Peace-keeping and security are also expected to be discussed at the summit.
Both China and Africa, whose economies are complementary, are at key moment of economic transformation, said Liu Guijin, a former Chinese special representative on African affairs.
"If China can help Africa with its industrialization and agricultural modernization, it will solve big problems for Africa," he added.
BEIJING, Nov. 26 (Xinhua) - China will announce new measures to promote its comprehensive cooperation with Africa at an upcoming summit between the two sides, said Foreign Minister Wang Yi on Thursday.
Wang said China will help Africa build up industrialization, food security and public health and prevention system, of which Africa is in great need. Full story
JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 25 (Xinhua) -- South Africa is ready to host the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit, Inter-Ministerial Committee (IMC) said on Wednesday.
"Logistical and substance preparations are at an advanced stage. The programs for the senior officials meeting, the ministerial meeting, the summit, as well as all the main side events, have been finalized. Full story
LUSAKA, Nov. 23 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Yang Youming said on Monday that the establishment of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has brought a new dimension to the relations between the two regions.
Yang told reporters in Lusaka, the Zambian capital ahead of the FOCAC meeting to be held in Johannesburg, South Africa next month that the forum has proven to be an important platform for collective dialogue between the two regions and an effective mechanism for enhanced practical cooperation. Full story