On 28 October 2013, President Xi Jinping met at the Great Hall of the People with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa.
Xi Jinping expressed that since the establishment of diplomatic relationship between China and South Africa, bilateral relations have entered a fast track of healthy development with solid and orderly progress of cooperation in all fields. During the visit to South Africa in March this year, I jointly planned, with President Jacob Zuma, for the development course of bilateral relations and cooperation in all fields. Both sides should work together to better leverage the role of China-South Africa Bi-National Commission and other mechanisms and to implement relevant measures so as to benefit the two peoples.
Xi Jinping pointed out that the relations between China and South Africa, as major developing countries and emerging market nations, have gone beyond the bilateral scope and have great influence on China-Africa relations as well as global peace and development. Hope both sides will keep close cooperation to push for greater development of China-Africa relations.
Motlanthe expressed that South Africa is ready to work with China to fully implement the important consensus reached between the state leaders of the two countries, to strengthen the building of cooperation mechanisms, to deepen cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and to keep close coordination and cooperation in international and regional affairs, so as to push forward bilateral relations to one new high after another.
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