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3. Asian, African leaders reaffirm cooperation

Asian and African leaders have called for strengthening their unity to fight poverty and economic inequality in the regions.

The leaders gathered in Bandung, Indonesia, on Friday to attend the ceremony marking the 60th anniversary of the Bandung Conference.

The Bandung Conference was held in April 1955 amid the Cold War. The leaders of Asian and African countries adopted Ten Principles for Peace there. The principles called for anti-colonialism, national self-determination, and peaceful coexistence.

To show unity, all the participants walked together from their hotel to a memorial hall where the ceremony was to be held just as leaders did 60 years ago.
Indonesian President Joko Widodo and Chinese President Xi Jinping signed a declaration adopted at the Asian-African Summit that ended on Thursday.

In the declaration, the leaders pledged to increase economic cooperation among developing countries to reduce poverty and economic inequality.

Joko said in his speech that Asian and African countries should go hand in hand to catch up with industrialized countries.

Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe made a speech representing African nations. He said the existing international order led by industrialized countries has to be reformed to solve problems facing the world. Mugabe expressed hope for success of the China-proposed Asia Infrastructure Investment Bank.