"Relations between China and Africa have been gathering pace and getting depth since a couple of decades ago. In the wake of the 21st century, China-Africa ties have been further cemented in both the political and economic spheres. Both Africa and China have been enthusiastic working toward a strategic and sustained partnership. Both sides have been working towards making their relationships a genuine South-South cooperation benefiting their long-term interests. While work of cementing this partnership is ongoing, the coming decades will be decades of more challenges and opportunities when seen from this perspective. Identifying the right path for a genuine South-South relationship and promoting effective communication and understanding around common interests is therefore an intellectual challenge in the relationships in the coming decades."