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Li Keqiang Meets with Speaker for the National Assembly Baleka Mbete of South Africa

In the afternoon of April 7, 2015, Premier Li Keqiang met at Ziguangge of Zhongnanhai with Speaker for the National Assembly Baleka Mbete of South Africa.

Le Keqiang positively commented on the substantial achievements scored in the China-South Africa relations and stressed that China attaches great importance to China-South Africa relations from a strategic height. China stands ready to, together with South Africa, intensify exchanges between the two governments, parliaments, political parties and the two peoples, earnestly implement the strategic plans for bilateral cooperation, and ensure the new round of Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation a success, so as to constantly advance China-South Africa and China-Africa relations for new highs.

Li Keqiang noted that China and South Africa enjoy similar and linked development concepts, as well as strong complementarity and great potential in bilateral economic and trade cooperation. China is ready to, together with South Africa, conduct industrial convergence and cooperation in production capacity and promote the surplus and sound production capacity to go into South Africa, so as to help South Africa improve its industrial level. China will encourage Chinese enterprises to invest in and participate in the construction of South Africa's special economic zone, and promote bilateral cooperation in maritime economy including port construction, oil and gas exploitation and fishing, so as to forge new growth points for bilateral cooperation. China boasts tremendous market space and stands ready to import more marketable products from countries including South Africa, so as to achieve mutual benefit and win-win results.

Baleka Mbete thanked China for its long-term support for Africa's development and its help in the fight against the Ebola epidemic. She noted that South Africa is willing to expand mutually beneficial cooperation with China, strengthen people-to-people and cultural exchanges, and advance bilateral relations for in-depth development. More Chinese enterprises and tourists are welcomed to invest and travel in South Africa.

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