This year, China hosted a conference marking the 70th anniversary of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence in Beijing.

Paul Frimpong, the Executive Director of the Africa-China Centre for Policy and Advisory (ACCPA), was among the scholars invited to participate in the conference.

IMAGE: ACCPA’s Executive Director, Paul Frimpong, at the Great Hall of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing.

In 1954, China put forward the five principles of peaceful coexistence—mutual respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity, mutual nonaggression, non-interference in each other’s internal affairs, equality and mutual benefit, and peaceful coexistence—marking a significant milestone in international relations.

China’s President, Xi Jinping, led the celebration by delivering a speech to mark the anniversary in Beijing, hosted by Chinese Premier Li Qiang, who presided over the conference.

The conference was attended by around 600 people, including former foreign political figures, representatives of international and regional organizations, envoys from more than 100 countries, experts and scholars, and media and business representatives. A luncheon and four sub-forums were held on the same day.

IMAGE: Chinese President Xi Jinping, delivering a speech at the Great Hall of the People’s Republic of China in Beijing

During Sub-Forum 1 of the conference, under the theme ‘From the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence to Building a Community with a Shared Future for Mankind’, Paul Frimpong, ACCPA’s Executive Director, re-echoed Africa’s own peace and security ambitions, which carry the tenets and wisdom of the Five Principles of Peaceful Coexistence.

Source: ACCPA

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