#Focac - Premier Li Keqiang described the profound friendship between China and Africa by quoting a verse: “You may forget the one who smiles with you, but you will never forget the one who cries with you”, when he delivered a speech to the African Union in 2014.
The friendship between Chinese and African people has a long history. It can be traced back hundreds of years. During the Ming dynasty, the famous Chinese navigator Zheng He voyaged across the Pacific Ocean and Indian Ocean to the east coast of Africa and built up friendship between Chinese and African people.
After the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the first generation of Chinese leaders represented by Chairman Mao Zedong and Premier Zhou Enlai, together with elder statesmen of African Countries, opened a new era of China-Africa relationship.
Today, the forge of “Upgrade of China-Africa Cooperation” marks that China-Africa friendship is handed down from generation to generation.
As the largest developing country and the continent with the largest number of developing countries, China and Africa share similar historical experience and development tasks that will further strengthen our relationship and cooperation.