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Zhang Dejiang Meets with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

On December 5, 2014, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress (NPC) Zhang Dejiang met in Beijing with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa.

Zhang Dejiang expressed that China-South Africa relations have witnessed a comprehensive and rapid development since the two countries established diplomatic relationship, which can be described as a model guiding friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and Africa. During Mr. President's stay in China, President Xi Jinping and you comprehensively planed and deployed cooperation in various fields between the two countries for the following 5 to 10 years, charting the course for the deepening of bilateral relations. The legislative bodies of the two countries should intensify friendly cooperation in the direction of improving quality and actual effect and deepen exchanges of experience in governance and administration of state affairs so as to well serve the need of economic and social development of their respective country; timely approve and formulate legal papers for cooperation in order to well serve the need of the in-depth development of mutually beneficial cooperation; facilitate people-to-people and cultural as well as friendly exchanges thus to well serve the need of the continuous development of bilateral relations, making the legislative bodies a vital force in developing bilateral relations.

Jacob Zuma said that South Africa-China relations boast a broad prospect. South Africa stands ready to deepen exchanges between its National Assembly and the NPC of China so as to promote bilateral relations for greater development.

Following the meeting, Zhang Dejiang and Jacob Zuma together attended and addressed the concluding event of the Year of South Africa in China.

Zhang Dejiang said in his speech that holding the national year in each other's country, an important consensus reached by President Xi Jinping and President Jacob Zuma during his visit in South Africa last year, is a major initiative taken by the two heads of state in enhancing traditional friendship between the two peoples and promoting comprehensive development of bilateral relations, and of groundbreaking significance in the history of China-Africa relations.

Zhang Dejiang said that the Year of South Africa in China contained various activities, making Chinese people personally experience the unique charm of the "rainbow country" and deeply feel the strong pulsation of the booming development of mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries. The successful holding of the Year of South Africa in China played an important role in strengthening mutual understanding and traditional friendship between the two peoples and in cementing social and public opinion foundation for bilateral cooperation.

Zhang Dejiang expressed that the Year of China will be held in South Africa next year. China is willing to join efforts with South Africa to elaborately prepare and make it a characteristic one, building a radiant bridge of friendship between the two peoples. Let us join hands to deepen all-round cooperation in the principle of friendship, mutual trust, equality, mutual benefit, cooperation, mutual learning and common development, thus to jointly open up a brighter future for China-South Africa relations.

Jacob Zuma expressed that holding the Year of South Africa in China is an important milestone in the history of bilateral people-to-people and cultural exchanges. By taking this opportunity, South Africa comprehensively demonstrated the achievements of the new South Africa to the Chinese people, and also closely felt the profound friendship of the Chinese people as well as the successful development path of China. The event manifested the spirit of mutual respect, mutual trust, mutual benefit and win-win results between the two countries. South Africa is willing to join hands with China to open up a bright prospect for the two countries.

Afterwards, Zhang Dejiang and Jacob Zuma watched the artistic performance by South African artists at the concluding event.

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