China News Service, Beijing, August 31 (Reporter Li Jingze) The Institute of West Asian and African Studies of the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, the Chinese Academy of African Studies, and the Social Sciences Literature Press jointly released the "Africa Yellow Book: Africa Development Report No. 23 (2020~2021) on the 31st. ".

The Yellow Paper pointed out that at present, China-Africa cooperation is facing the impact of the epidemic and many challenges, and there is an urgent need to develop and innovate, and explore a new path of more reasonable, more refined, and more sustainable cooperation.

  The Yellow Paper believes that the epidemic has once again verified the soundness of China-Africa relations.

In 2020, China-Africa relations have once again become the focus of relations between major powers and Africa. While other major countries have no time to look after due to the impact of the epidemic, China-Africa relations have become outstanding.

In addition to the celebration of the 20th anniversary of the founding of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, at the critical moment of the fight against the epidemic, the leaders of China and Africa successfully held a special summit on China-Africa unity and fight against the epidemic by video mode to discuss cooperation in the fight against the epidemic, highlighting China Non-relationship is the essence of sharing weal and woe, unity and cooperation, and mutual benefit and win-win results.

  Looking forward to the future of China-Africa relations, the Yellow Paper pointed out that under the new situation, China-Africa relations are facing important opportunities to take advantage of the situation.

The political foundation of China-Africa relations is stronger, the momentum for mutually beneficial cooperation is more abundant, and the transformation and upgrading of cooperation opens up broad space for development.

The complex and profound evolution of the international situation requires China and Africa to further strengthen strategic communication, intensify coordination of international affairs, and further play the role of a China-Africa community with a shared future.

At the same time, China-Africa cooperation is also facing the impact of the epidemic and many challenges. The China-Africa cooperation model urgently needs to develop and innovate, and explore a new path of more reasonable, more refined, and more sustainable cooperation.

  The Yellow Paper stated that in 2020, the sudden new crown pneumonia epidemic has had varying degrees of impact on African politics, economy, society, security, and diplomacy, and the impact on the African economy is particularly obvious.

In 2020, the African continent fell into the worst economic recession in 50 years, with economic growth rates of more than 40 countries falling to negative values.

Since entering the 21st century, although African countries have made some progress in promoting economic diversification and industrialization, the single economic structure and export-oriented economic model of most countries have not been reversed. The "debt" troubled African economy is undoubtedly worse, and it may have a profound impact on the African economy.

  The Yellow Book predicts that in 2021, Africa’s economic growth rate will rebound to 3.4%, showing a slow recovery momentum. The driving force of economic growth is mainly from the rebound of commodity prices brought about by the recovery of the world economy, the increase in export income of African countries, the recovery of tourism, and the private sector. Consumption and investment growth, etc. (over)