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Ambassador for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs Delivered a Speech in “SUSTech Lecture Series”

April 26, 2019
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On April 23, 2019, Mr. ZHOU Yuxiao, Ambassador for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People’s Republic of China, was invited by Centre for Higher Education Research (hereafter as CHER), Southern University of Science and Technology (SUSTech) to be the 221st lecturer of “SUSTech Lecture Series” to deliver a keynote speech for SUSTech’s faculty staff and students on the topic of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation: The Path to Maturity A Face-to-face with Ambassador for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Group Photo of Amb. ZHOU and ICHEI Members
Amb. ZHOU delivered the speech

Ambassador ZHOU Yuxiao introduced that Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) is the first regional multilateral cooperation mechanism led by China. With 18 years of development, FOCAC has become not only a crucial mechanism for collective dialogue and pragmatic collaboration, but also a sound brand for China-Africa cooperation, as well as a model for South-South cooperation. The Forum serves as milestone in China’s diplomatic history. Under this mechanism, China hosted the largest home diplomacy in 2018—the 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which pushed China-Africa relations to a new historical height.

Logo of FOCAC

Amb. ZHOU reviewed the rich experience and current problems and challenges faced by FOCAC since its establishment 18 years ago, and explore the necessity, importance and feasibility of speeding-up, transformation and upgrading of FOCAC. He also introduced the new achievements of the “Belt and Road” initiative under the framework of the Forum, and how young students could participate in China-Africa cooperation.

Prof. LI awarded the Certificate of Appreciation to Amb. ZHOU

Introduction of ZHOU Yuxiao

ZHOU Yuxiao, Ambassador for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Affairs of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the People’s Republic of China.

Ambassador ZHOU Yuxiao has served as Vice-Chairman and Secretary-General of the United Nations Association of China, First Secretary of Permanent Mission of the People’s Republic of China to the United Nations Office at Geneva. With rich diplomatic experience, he has also held important positions in the Chinese People’s Institute of Foreign Affairs, the United Nations Association of China, the World Federation of United Nations Associations and other organizations.

Ambassador ZHOU Yuxiao had more than 15 years of working experience in Africa and has a deep understanding of African countries. He has served as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China in Liberia, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of China to the Republic of Zambia, Minister-Counsellor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa, Special Representative of China in the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and Counsellor of Embassy of the People’s Republic of China in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.