On Wednesday October 23, 2013, China’s government stated that it is anticipating South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe to co-lead the 5th South Africa-China Bi-National Commission in Beijing in a three-day span from October 27-30.
Li Yuanchao, China’s Vice President, will accompany Motlanthe in leading the session. China is excited for Motlanthe’s visit and looks forward to advancing the progressive relations between the two nations.
China is by far South Africa’s greatest trade partner, with trade volume reaching 21 billion U.S. dollars. 2013 marks the 15th anniversary of the founding of a now thriving diplomatic relationship between China and South Africa. One Chinese spokeswoman Hua Chunying further described the relationship, the countries have “enjoyed increasing political trust” and have “maintained close communication and coordination in major international and regional affairs.”
Hua also pointed out how the two nations share common characteristics such as both developing nations and growing important markets. Additionally, both China and South Africa belong to an association of similar nations by terms of emerging economic development. This group, globally known in the field of economics, is called the BRICS—and includes Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa.
The Department of International and Relations and Cooperation representatives described the relationship as “growing strong” since relations began in 1998. The commission itself was created through several committees, which would improve the cooperation of China and South Africa in areas such as foreign affairs, education. economics and trade, science and technological advancement and energy and materials.
The commission is anticipated to be a review of the progress made by the two nations, regarding implementation of cooperation agreements.
– Laura Reinacher
Sources: Safpi, China
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