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President Jacob Zuma of South Africa Meets with Yang Jiechi

On October 10 local time, President Jacob Zuma of South Africa met with State Councilor Yang Jiechi in Johannesburg.

Jacob Zuma first asked Yang Jiechi to convey his sincere greetings and best wishes to President Xi Jinping. He said that as an important force in safeguarding and promoting world peace and development, China is reliable friend and cooperative partner of vast developing countries. By putting forward a series of propositions and initiatives on South-South cooperation and other issues at the summits for the 70th anniversary of the UN, Xi Jinping charted a clear course for advancing South-South cooperation and global development. Against this background, the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) soon to be held in South Africa is of greater significance. African countries should, through the Summit, establish a closer relationship with China and earnestly push cooperation in such key fields as economic and social development. He is looking forward to co-chairing the Summit with President Xi Jinping and warmly welcomes his visit to South Africa. It is hoped that both sides could well implement the preparatory work to ensure a complete success of the Summit and the visit.

Yang Jiechi conveyed kind greetings and best wishes from President Xi Jinping to President Jacob Zuma. He expressed that under the leadership of the two heads of state, China-South Africa relations keep a strong development momentum and have become a model of friendly cooperation between China and Africa as well as between China and developing countries in other continents. President Xi Jinping will soon co-chair the Summit with President Jacob Zuma in South Africa and pay a visit to the country, which is of milestone significance to deepening China-South Africa and China-Africa relations. China will, together with South Africa, take the important opportunity of the development of China-South Africa and China-Africa relations to speed up implementation of the important consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries on deepening bilateral relations, push bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to a new level, and boost coordination as the co-chairs to make the Summit a historic event for China and Africa to enhance unity and seek future cooperation.

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