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Wang Yi Meets with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa
2016/07/29

On July 29, 2016, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa, who was in China for the Coordinators' Meeting of the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC).

Wang Yi said that the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit co-chaired by President Xi Jinping and President Jacob Zuma last December achieved a great success, ushering a new era of China-Africa relations featuring win-win cooperation and common development. At present, China-South Africa relations, characterized by comprehensive, in-depth and rapid development, are at the highest level in history. China stands firmly to develop a special "comradely and brotherly" relationship with South Africa and staunchly supports South Africa to play a bigger role in international and regional affairs. China is willing to push China-South Africa relations for constant and in-depth progress by focusing on implementation of the important consensus reached by both heads of state, the 5-10 Year Cooperation Strategic Plan between China and South Africa, and the outcomes from the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit. The Coordinators' Meeting of the Implementation of the Follow-up Actions of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit co-hosted by China and South Africa this time demonstrates the firm determination of China and Africa to forge ahead together and comprehensively and deeply implement the outcomes from the summit, which will help the Chinese, South African as well as African people at large obtain better benefit in a faster pace.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane noted that China is the most reliable strategic partner of South Africa. With the joint promotion of President Jacob Zuma and President Xi Jinping, South Africa-China relations have reached an unprecedented height. South Africa understands and supports China's stance and actions of endeavoring to resolve the South China Sea disputes through dialogues and negotiations. The FOCAC Johannesburg Summit has pushed the relations of South Africa and the entire African continent with China to a new high, and South Africa and Africa at large are satisfied with the outcome implementation of the ten major China-Africa cooperation plans. China cares most about the development of Africa among major countries in the world. South Africa and Africa expect China to play a greater role in the African development and are willing to reinforce international cooperation with China to firmly safeguard common interests of developing countries.

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