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A flower parterre is set to welcome the upcoming 2018 Beijing Summit of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation at Dongdan

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Xi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will both chair a roundtable discussion at the summit where Chinese and African leaders will discuss China-Africa relations as well as worldwide and regional issues of common concern, the Xinhua report said.

Xi will introduce new concepts and proposals for ties between China and Africa, and announce new actions and measures on practical cooperation with Africa during the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing summit September 3-4, official media has reported.

Ethiopia and Zambia, heavy borrowers from China, have expressed desire to restructure that debt, while bankers believe Angola and the Republic of Congo have already done so, though details are sparse.

"We could see a two-digit growth rate in the next five to 10 years", said Wei Jianguo, former vice commerce minister, at a recent China-Africa seminar in Renmin University of China. We don't take such a gesture from you for granted, " Mutharika told Hu.

Nigeria is in the process of taking a $328 million loan from the Chinese EXIM Bank.

"Where is America?" he asked.

"Applications for attendance significantly surpassed our expectations", Jiang Zengwei, head of China Council for the Promotion of International Trade, said Friday at a press briefing.

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"The overall trend will not change, but the scale will certainly be different under the current circumstances".

FOCAC falls into the category of South-South cooperation, with the characteristics of pragmatic cooperation meant to strengthen consultation and expand cooperation, equality and mutual benefit, which are meant to promote both political dialogue, economic cooperation and trade, with a view to seeking mutual reinforcement and common development.

"It's not a free lunch, it's something where everybody chips in", she said.

In this regard, we look forward to cementing an even stronger China-Africa partnership through win-win cooperation at the 2018 Focac Summit.

Xi said China's trade with Belt and Road countries had exceeded $5 trillion, with outward direct investment surpassing Dollars 60 billion.

Xi's speech Monday to the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation gives him a high-profile chance to defend his signature Belt and Road Initiative to develop roads, railways, ports, pipelines and other trade links.

Xi said the plan, for which Beijing has pledged $126 billion, would help provide more resources and facilities for Africa and would expand shared markets.

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China has become a major investment partner for South Africa in stimulating economic and social transformation and development.

"If you are trying to increase your GDP, a 25 per cent debt-to-GDP ratio is not enough for any country", he said.

"When it comes to the debt problem, there really is not that much Chinese debt in Africa", said Qian.

"New instruments are being used to leverage finance from elsewhere, because the Chinese government has long realised that there is generally the debt problem everywhere".

Ahead of the summit, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spelt out the four-point agenda for the 2018 Summit, hoisted as "a new historic monument" in Sino-Africa relations.

The President said Government would grow the economy despite sanctions that have been imposed on the country. "The result is it has become very hard for countries like Zambia to meet payments for interest".

Addressing the Team South Africa business breakfast, Ramaphosa assured investors that South Africa was working on the important issue of policy certainty and consistency. "But unfortunately, that's not the case".

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"We thought no, no, China was going to be soft on us".

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