Strength­en­ing Ties

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China and South Africa pledged to ad­vance their com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship in the new era on July 24. Dur­ing the talks in Pre­to­ria be­tween vis­it­ing Chi­nese Pres­i­dent Xi Jin­ping and his South African coun­ter­part Cyril Ramaphosa, the two lead­ers agreed to strengthen high-level ex­changes, deepen po­lit­i­cal mu­tual trust, align their de­vel­op­ment strate­gies, pro­mote prac­ti­cal co­op­er­a­tion and in­crease peo­ple-to-peo­ple ex­changes.

Not­ing that China and South Africa are both ma­jor de­vel­op­ing coun­tries and emerg­ing mar­kets with im­por­tant in­flu­ence, Xi said that since the forg­ing of diplo­matic re­la­tions 20 years ago, the two sides have been com­mit­ted to mu­tu­ally-ben­e­fi­cial co­op­er­a­tion and com­mon de­vel­op­ment, stood to­gether through thick and thin, and es­tab­lished a re­la­tion­ship that fea­tures sin­cere friend­ship, mu­tual trust and a close bond.

“Tak­ing the op­por­tu­nity of the 20th an­niver­sary of diplo­matic ties, China stands ready to work with South Africa on sup­port­ing each other in host­ing this year’s BRICS Sum­mit in Jo­han­nes­burg and Bei­jing Sum­mit of the Fo­rum on China-africa Co­op­er­a­tion (FOCAC), in­her­it­ing the past and ush­er­ing in the fu­ture, and push­ing for more out­comes from the bi­lat­eral com­pre­hen­sive strate­gic part­ner­ship, so as to bring greater ben­e­fits to our two peo­ples,” said Xi.

For his part, Ramaphosa said that South African and Chi­nese peo­ple en­joy tra­di­tional friend­ship, and the two coun­tries have con­stantly con­sol­i­dated and de­vel­oped their re­la­tions since the es­tab­lish­ment of diplo­matic ties 20 years ago.

The re­la­tions have gone be­yond the bi­lat­eral scope with im­por­tant strate­gic sig­nif­i­cance, and the two coun­tries have car­ried out fruit­ful co­op­er­a­tion on re­gional and mul­ti­lat­eral lev­els, he said, not­ing that the spe­cial friendly ties have brought sub­stan­tial ben­e­fits to the two peo­ples.

Xi ar­rived in Pre­to­ria on July 23 to pay his third state visit to South Africa.

South Africa was the fourth stop of Xi’s five-na­tion Mid­dle East and Africa tour, which had taken him to the United Arab Emi­rates, Sene­gal and Rwanda. He at­tended the 10th BRICS Sum­mit in Jo­han­nes­burg from July 25 to 27. On his way home, he also vis­ited Mau­ri­tius.

Chi­nese Pres­i­dent xi Jin­ping meets South African Pres­i­dent Cyril Ramaphosa on July 24

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