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Foreign Ministry Holds Briefing for Chinese and Foreign Media on Xi Jinping's Visit to France for UN Climate Change Conference in Paris and Other Trips
2015/11/25

Foreign Ministry Holds Briefing for Chinese and Foreign Media on President Xi Jinping's Visit to France for Opening Events of UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, State Visits to Zimbabwe and South Africa and Visit to Johannesburg of South Africa to Chair the FOCAC Summit

On November 25, 2015, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs held a briefing for Chinese and foreign media. Vice Foreign Ministers Liu Zhenmin and Zhang Ming and Vice Minister of Commerce Qian Keming introduced respectively President Xi Jinping's forthcoming visit to France to attend the opening events of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, briefed on his state visits to Zimbabwe and South Africa and chairing of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit in Johannesburg, South Africa, and answered questions from the journalists.

I. On Attendance of Opening Events of UN Climate Change Conference in Paris

Liu Zhenmin expressed that President Xi Jinping will visit France to attend the opening events of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris from November 29 to 30. This move, which showcases China's attention to the issue of climate change and strong support for France to hold the conference successfully, will contribute China's share to promoting the conference to conclude an agreement as scheduled. President Xi Jinping will deliver a speech in the opening ceremony to expound China's views and propositions on global climate governance. During the conference, President Xi Jinping will meet with leaders of relevant countries and exchange views with them on topics such as bilateral relations and joint promotion of the negotiation process of the Paris agreement.

Liu Zhenmin pointed out that the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris is expected to conclude an agreement on international mechanism in dealing with climate change after 2020, which will be an important node in the process of global responses to climate change. China harbors four expectations for the outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris. First, stick to principles. The Paris agreement should persist in the principles and provisions of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change, especially the principles of common but differentiated responsibilities, equity and respective capabilities. Second, carry out in a comprehensive and balanced way. The countries concerned should not only make arrangements for the mechanism dealing with climate change after 2020 but also handle well with the intensity of the efforts made before 2020. They should cope equally with factors such as mitigation, adaptation, funding and technology transfer. Third, chart the course. The countries should send out to the world a clear signal of green and low-carbon development, and turn energy conservation, emission reduction and coping with climate change into the internal impetus of their economic transformation and upgrading, energy security guarantee and reduction of climate risks. Fourth, provide guarantee. Developed countries should fulfill their obligations in terms of funding and technology, and continuously enhance their support after 2020. China looks forward to the comprehensive, balanced and ambitious outcomes of the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris, and will cooperate closely with other parties to promote the conference for a complete success so as to provide a solution to continuously strengthening the implementation of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and dealing more effectively with climate change after 2020.

II. On State Visits to Zimbabwe and South Africa

Zhang Ming stated that President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to Zimbabwe from December 1 to 2. During the visit, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with President Robert Gabriel Mugabe of Zimbabwe, attend the welcoming ceremony and banquet held by President Robert Gabriel Mugabe, and jointly witness the signing of multiple cooperative documents on fields including infrastructure construction, investment and financing, culture and protection of wild life. It will be President Xi Jinping's first visit to Zimbabwe. China expects to, through this visit, deepen China-Zimbabwe traditional friendship and political mutual trust, make overall planning for future development of bilateral relations, promote bilateral exchanges and cooperation in sectors like agriculture, manufacturing, mining, finance, culture and education, tourism and justice, translate bilateral friendship into more tangible outcomes beneficial to the peoples, exchange in-depth views on international and regional topics and strengthen solidarity and coordination among developing countries.

Zhang Ming indicated that President Xi Jinping will pay a state visit to South Africa from December 2 to 3. During the visit, President Xi Jinping will hold talks with President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma of South Africa, attend the welcoming ceremony and banquet held by Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, and jointly witness the signing of multiple cooperative documents on fields including economy and trade, education, culture, and science and technology. President Xi Jinping will also jointly enjoy with leaders of African countries attending the FOCAC Summit the art performance in the closing ceremony of South Africa's "Year of China". It will be the second state visit of President Xi Jinping to South Africa. China expects to, through this visit, strengthen bilateral strategic mutual trust, elevate the level of China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership, advance implementation of the 5-10 Years Strategic Plan on Cooperation Between China and South Africa, enhance the docking of respective development strategies, deepen bilateral cooperation in key areas including maritime economy, industry and production capacity, special economic zones, energy, infrastructure construction and finance, propel common development, enhance people-to-people and cultural contacts and personnel exchanges, consolidate the public support for bilateral relations, as well as exchange views on international and regional topics and strengthen coordination and cooperation in international affairs.

III. On Chairing FOCAC Summit

Zhang Ming noted that President Xi Jinping will visit Johannesburg of South Africa to chair the FOCAC Summit from December 4 to 5, which bears important milestone significance to raising the level of China-Africa relations and deepening China-Africa traditional friendship and mutually beneficial cooperation. President Xi Jinping will attend the opening ceremony and deliver a keynote speech, co-chair with President Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma the plenary session of the summit, attend supporting activities such as picture exhibition on outcomes of the FOCAC in the past 15 years, exhibition of Chinese and African equipment manufacturing industries as well as the closing ceremony of the high-level dialogue of leaders and industrial and commercial representatives of China and Africa and the fifth Conference of Chinese and African Entrepreneurs, and meet with African leaders present at the summit in numerous forms. The Chinese side will announce a package of measures to support Africa's independent and sustainable development and deepen China-Africa practical cooperation, so as to promote the results of China-Africa cooperation to benefit more people of the two sides.

Zhang Ming pointed out that this year marks the 15th anniversary of the establishment of the FOCAC. This summit will summarize the development achievements and successful experience of China-Africa relations over the 15 years and make plans for China-Africa friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation in the new situation so as to push China-Africa cooperation to raise quality and efficiency for faster and better development. There will be two highlights of the summit to be expected. First, it will be a historic grand event. Chinese and African leaders will gather in South Africa to discuss together blueprints of cooperation and show to the world the power of solidarity among developing countries. China is willing to make concerted efforts with Africa to ensure the summit a historic grand event to strengthen China-Africa solidarity and cooperation and lead the future development of China-Africa cooperation, singing loudly the theme of win-win cooperation and common development between China and Africa. Second, China-Africa cooperation will reach a new level. The summit will center closely on the theme of "China and Africa Join Hands for Win-Win Cooperation and Common Development", launch a series of major measures to accelerate the process of industrialization and agricultural modernization in Africa, reinforce docking of development strategies and cooperation in production capacity between China and Africa, and connect China's own development with helping Africa to realize independent and sustainable development so as to achieve win-win cooperation and common development. China and Africa will take considerations of the new situation and new tasks to bestow China-Africa relations with new connotations of the era and push China-Africa relations to a higher level.

Qian Keming expressed that the FOCAC is of milestone significance to China-Africa economic and trade cooperation. The new measures for China-Africa practical cooperation that China will announce during the summit will boast the richest contents, the strongest force and the widest coverage in all FOCAC summits ever held. It is believed that these measures will embody the alignments of development strategies, and fields and ways of cooperation between China and Africa, as well as make further innovations on the basis of inheriting advantages of traditional cooperation and construct a three-dimensional, chained and systematic cooperation layout.

Qian Keming indicated that since the establishment of the FOCAC 15 years ago, with the increasing maturity and improvement of the FOCAC mechanism, China-Africa economic and trade relations have also achieved leapfrog development. China-Africa economic and trade cooperation has provided strong support for the two sides in their own economic development and improvement of people's well-beings, setting up an example of South-South cooperation. The convening of this summit will lay down the cornerstone and chart the course for future development of China-Africa economic and trade relations. China will seize this opportunity to constantly deepen exchanges and cooperation with Africa, take the similar historical encounters, development tasks and strategic interests of China and Africa as a starting point, keep pace with the times and blaze new trails in a pioneering spirit on the basis of mutual benefits and win-win results, push China-Africa cooperation towards a higher level and make greater contributions to the common development and prosperity of China and Africa.

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