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Thailand and South Africa Forge Stronger Ties - Thailand National Day 2023

Ambassador Mungkorn Pratoomkaew addressing guests at the celebration of Thailand's National Day on 5 December 2023
 

18 December 2023

Celebrating the National Day of the Kingdom of Thailand and honoring the Birthday Anniversary of His Majesty King Bhumibol Adulyadej the Great on 5 December, Ambassador Mungkorn Pratoomkaew reflected on the enduring relationship between Thailand and South Africa at an event in Pretoria.

OPINION
China's political system is geared toward China's modernization

David Ferguson
14 December 2023
China's political system is geared toward China's modernization
Editor's note: China has been exploring its path in terms of finding the right democratic model for its people. In which way has it demonstrated that the Chinese people are the masters of their own country? What are the characteristics of Chinese modernization and Chinese democracy? David Ferguson, a senior translation editor at Foreign Languages Press, shared his insights on these topics as the Understanding China Conference hosted by the China Institute for Innovation and Development Strategy just concluded in Guangzhou. The article reflects the author's opinions and not necessarily the views of CGTN.

Kazakhstan Celebrates its 32nd Independence Day

The Astana Times

16 December 2023

The Declaration on the State Sovereignty of the Kazakh SSR (Soviet Socialist Republic) was adopted on Oct. 25, 1990, representing the country’s first step toward independence. The declaration became the legal basis for developing and adopting the constitutional law on the Independence of Kazakhstan in 1991.

 

Vice President holds talks with Deputy President of South Africa

Vice President Võ Thị Ánh Xuân (right) and Deputy President of South Africa Paul Mashatile had talks in Hà Nội on Thursday. — VNA/VNS Photo Lâm Khánh
 

VNA
December 14, 2023

HÀ NỘI — Vice President Võ Thị Ánh Xuân held talks with Deputy President of South Africa Paul Mashatile in Hà Nội on Thursday, who is on an official visit to Việt Nam from December 12-15.The two sides affirmed their determination to lift two-way trade US$2 billion in the coming time and encouraged investments in each other's market in various potential areas such as electric vehicles and their batteries, pharmaceuticals, industrial equipment, mining, natural resources and environment, and wildlife conservation.

Joy to the World
 
Adam Burakowski, Ambassador of Polandwith members of the Charl du Plessis Trio (photo: Embassy of Poland)
 

14 December 2023

The Embassy of Poland in South Africa celebrated the 105th anniversary of regaining Independence with a musical performance by the Charl du Plessis Trio. The uplifting concert was warmly received by the audience which included members of the diplomatic corps and friends of Poland.

25 Years of Cooperation - China and South Africa

Minister Naledi Pandor of DIRCO and Ambassador Chen unveil the 25th Annivesary commemorative envelope - Embassy of China
 

By Kirtan Bhana

14 December 2023

In August of this year, Xi Jinping, President of the People's Republic of China and Chair of the Communist Party of China, marked a historic moment with his fourth visit to South Africa. This visit symbolized the deep, comprehensive, and expansive relations that have flourished between these nations over the past 25 years. As 2023 draws to a close, Ambassador Chen Xiandong, China's Ambassador to South Africa, hosted a celebratory event on December 12th, recognizing the key stakeholders who played pivotal roles in establishing and nurturing the diverse, dynamic, and substantial relations between these two countries.

POLITICS
Top leaders of Vietnam and China hold talks in Hanoi
President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Vo Van Thuong held talks with General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping in Hanoi on December 13.

President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Vo Van Thuong (R) and General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping. (Photo: VNA)

 

VNA
13 December 2023

Hanoi (VNA) – President of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam Vo Van Thuong held talks with General Secretary of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee and President of the People's Republic of China Xi Jinping in Hanoi on December 13.

President Vo Van Thuong expressed his belief that following the historic visit to China by General Secretary of the Communist Party of Vietnam (CPV) Central Committee Nguyen Phu Trong right after the 20th Congress of the CPC (October 2022), this visit to Vietnam by Party General Secretary and President Xi Jinping will bring relations between the two Parties and the two countries to a new stage of development, which is better, and more effective and sustainable.

UPROAR – The Battle for the Soul of New Zealand

by Anisha Pemjee
 
Dr Emma Dunlop-Bennett, High Commissioner of New Zealand and Wynand Claasen (photo supplied)
 

13 December 2023

The premiere of the film 'Uproar' in South Africa was celebrated with a Red Carpet event hosted by the New Zealand High Commission. This poignant coming-of-age drama unfolds against the backdrop of the 1981 Apartheid South African Springbok rugby team's contentious tour to New Zealand, igniting widespread protests throughout the nation.

TRAVEL AND TOURISM

Bespoke Destinations with African Luxury for the Middle East unveiled

Rocco Olivier - Bespoke Destinations (TDS Photo)
 

By Kirtan Bhana

The Diplomatic Travel and Culture Club

13 December 2023
Rocco Olivier is a seasoned professional in the realm of high-end travel with a distinct focus on the Middle Eastern market. He has made a mark in the industry by working privately as a travel advisor for high-profile individuals, cultivating significant relationships along the way.
His expertise and dedication paved the way for the establishment of "Bespoke Destinations," a publication that serves as a gateway introducing Africa to the Middle East. As the editor of this distinguished publication, Rocco goes beyond showcasing bespoke travel properties in Africa. He offers readers insights into investment opportunities and highlights quality service providers across the continent.

Exploring Africa in the Mahindra XUV700

(photo credit: Dilon Bhana)
 

By Kirtan Bhana

Diplomatic Vehicle Test

13 December 2023

Embarking on an African road trip is a dream for many adventure enthusiasts, and the Mahindra XUV700 AX7L proves to be an ideal companion for such an extraordinary journey. Our recent expedition took us to the heart of Limpopo Province, South Africa, where we discovered the perfect blend of Indian style and rugged performance in this remarkable SUV.

Vietnamese Pho Celebrated in South Africa

Pictured with Ambassador Hoang Sy Cuong of Vietnam (centre) are Anisha Pemjee and Kirtan Bhana from the Diplomatic Society (photo: TDS)
 

by Anisha Pemjee

12 December 2023

A nation's identity often resonates through its culinary heritage, and for Vietnam, this cultural emblem is undeniably embodied in Pho. Recognizing its significance, Vietnam officially designates December 12th as the Day of Pho, honoring the country's iconic dish.

Celebrating 30 years of diplomatic relations between Philippines and South Africa

by Dilon Bhana
Ambassador of Philippines Noralyn Jubaira Baja (centre) pictured with members of KALOOB and guests (photo: TDS)
 

11 December 2023

The KALOOB (pronounced kalo-ób)  Philippine Music and Dance Ministry regaled its audience with a journey, not only to the Philippines, but also through time. The afternoon performance took place at the Aula Theatre at the University of Pretoria in celebration of 30 years of diplomatic relations between Philippines and South Africa.


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