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China Plans to Ramp Up Digital Engagement in Africa

China's Assistant Foreign Minister Deng Li delivered the keynote speech at the opening ceremony of China-Africa Internet Development&Cooperation Forum held by Cyberspace Administration of China. Image via MOFA.

The Chinese government announced new plans this week to increase engagement in Africa’s tech sector by expanding partnerships in a number of areas including digital economy, smart cities, and 5G mobile communications. 

 “China will share the achievements of digital technology with Africa to promote interconnectivity of digital infrastructure,” said Assistant Foreign Minister Deng Li at the China-Africa Internet Development and Cooperation Forum that convened virtually on Tuesday (photo). “China’s initiatives will never just remain a vision on paper and [we] will work with Africa to formulate and implement the China-Africa digital innovation partnership plan to achieve results as soon as possible,” he added. 

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