Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi discusses FOCAC Summit preparation
Chinese State Councilor Yang Jiechi paid an official visit to South Africa from October 9-11. The State Councilor discussed FOCAC Summit preparation work and the development of the bilateral ties during his meeting with President Jacob Zuma and talks with Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane.
During his meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma, President Zuma called China a reliable friend and a cooperative partner of developing countries. He said a series of initiatives and proposals on South-South cooperation put forward by Chinese President Xi Jinping during the UN summits have chartered the course for promoting South-South cooperation and global development.
Against this background, it is of great significance for South Africa to hold the FOCAC (Forum on China-Africa Cooperation) summit scheduled for early December in Johannesburg. African countries should establish closer ties with China through this summit and take concrete steps to advance China-Africa cooperation in major areas of economy and society. Zuma is looking forward to co-chairing the summit with President Xi Jinping. He also pointed out that it is necessary for both sides to make good preparations to ensure the summit and the visit a great success.
Sate Councilor Yang Jiechi conveyed the sincere greetings and best wishes of President Xi Jinping to President Zuma. He said under the leadership of both presidents, China-South Africa relations have maintained the sound momentum of development and already become a good example of friendly cooperation between developing countries. President Xi will co-chair the summit with President Zuma and pay a visit to South Africa, which will surely become another milestone in the history of China-South Africa and China-Africa relations. China stands ready to work with South Africa to implement the important consensus reached by the two presidents on the basis of the strong momentum of China-South Africa and China-Africa relations so as to take the bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to new heights. At the same time, China, as the co-host of the summit, will strengthen coordination with South Africa to make the summit a historic grand event for solidarity and future cooperation.
During the State councilor’s meeting with Foreign Minister Mashabane on October 9, the two sides discussed details in relation to the FOCAC summit. The meeting was very productive and both sides had good interactions. The discussion also touched some specific areas of cooperation including economic cooperation, integration, industrialization, health, poverty alleviation and peace and security in Africa.
State Councilor Yang said this year is a landmark for China-South Africa and China-Africa relations. The Chinese side appreciates the efforts by South Africa. China is looking to closer coordination with South Africa to ensure the summit and the visit a success with fruitful outcomes.
Embassy of the People's Republic of China in the Republic of South Africa
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