Security takes the lead as China-Africa summit draws to a close

China's top envoy says there’s no place on earth, not even China, that is completely safe for business.

Chinese President Xi Jinping (R) and South African President Jacob Zuma (L) arrive for a meeting after the arrival ceremony of the Chinese President, at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, during the start of his official tour to South Africa on December 2, 2015. Picture: AFP

JOHANNESBURG - China's top envoy in Africa does not believe his compatriots are being targeted by terrorists on the continent.

Zhong Jianhua says there's no place on earth, not even China, that is completely safe for business.

Security now occupies a prominent place, along with business and culture, on the agenda of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (Focac).

The summit, which ends in Sandton today, will reflect the need for these partners to address the complex, growing scourge of terrorism.

Speaking to the more than 40 heads of state on Friday, President Jacob Zuma said Africa and China need to protect their youth from being brainwashed into joining extremist groups.

He was speaking after his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping said Beijing will increase its cooperation with Africa on peace and security.

China already has a battalion of blue-helmeted peacekeepers as part of the United Nations force in South Sudan.

Jinping will underline in his closing statement today the need to promote development as a means of enhancing peace and stability.