BEIJING – A Chinese military spokesperson said Thursday that China will host the first-ever China-Africa forum on defense and security from June 26 to July 10.

Ren Guoqiang, spokesperson for the Ministry of National Defense, said that the forum — hosted by the ministry — aims to deepen the China-Africa comprehensive strategic partnership, promote building a shared future for China and Africa, and meet the needs of Africa's new security situations and China-Africa defense cooperation.

The forum will focus on regional security issues, the self-development of Africa's security capacities, and China-Africa defense cooperation, Ren said at a regular press briefing. Participants will also visit the services of the Chinese armed forces — the army, the navy and the air force.