South Sudan’s President Visits China ahead of China-Africa Summit 2018
The South Sudanese President Salva Kiir arrived in Beijing five days ahead of the China-Africa summit 2018. President Xi Jinping, who has frequently visited Africa and announced big loans for development projects, met him on Friday, 31st of August.
Both China and South Sudan have had thriving economic ties in the past, and the Chinese president has made strong pledges for Sudan’s national stability and peace. The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will take place on the 3rd and 4th of September under the title, “China and Africa: Toward an even stronger community with a shared future through win-win cooperation”.
In addition to China’s increasing interest in South Sudan’s agriculture and infrastructure, both the nations have remained long-standing diplomatic allies. Several Chinese companies have already established their presence within South Sudan’s oil production industries, while the latter trades in ammunition and weapons.
China has vowed to support South Sudan’s security concerns in the United Nations and different African regional organizations. The focus of the upcoming Summit will be the Belt and Road construction, which will enhance transport links between China and Africa, and boost agricultural activity.
Having started in 2013, President Jinping mentioned that this initiative would encompass the whole industrial chain in its economic development. Many African countries like Ethiopia and Somalia will also be attending the Summit to discuss common growth, trade, and development.
President Kiir plans to meet several Chinese officials during his visit to discuss bilateral ties. He commended China’s efforts in the peace-restoring process of South Sudan that is finally achieving fruition after five years of civil war.
He also mentioned that China has treated every country as its equal on the international stage and has greatly supported South Sudan in its development while respecting its national scenario.
President Kiir stated, “South Sudan is willing to strengthen pragmatic cooperation with China in areas such as political exchanges and energy, and have closer communication and coordination in international and regional affairs”.
The Beijing Summit serves as a monumental opportunity for both countries to strengthen trade ties and positively impact the wellbeing of the Sino-African people’s.