Xi Jinping Meets with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa
On September 3, 2016, President Xi Jinping met in Hangzhou with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, who was in China for the G20 Hangzhou Summit.
Xi Jinping pointed out always viewing China-South Africa relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective, China is committed to developing a special bilateral relationship as comrades and brothers. At present, China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership is striding forward along the track established by both sides. Standing at the best period in history, bilateral relations face historic development opportunities. China is willing to join South Africa to promote bilateral relations to constantly reach new levels. The two sides should expand political mutual trust, strengthen exchanges between political parties, governments, legislatures and militaries, and enhance strategic coordination. Practical cooperation between both sides should be advanced in an orderly manner for the sake of more early harvests. Both sides should boost cooperation between local governments, increase investment and employment, and expand people-to-people and cultural exchanges to forge the public opinion foundation for bilateral friendship.
Xi Jinping stressed that China and Africa share unshakable determination for solidarity, cooperation and win-win results, and China will never waver its support for peace and development cause in Africa. He expressed that as both countries are major developing countries and BRICS members, China is willing to strengthen coordination and cooperation with South Africa in bilateral and multilateral affairs, and advance China-South Africa relations and China-Africa relations to make new progress. China is also ready to work together with South Africa to steadily push forward BRICS cooperation agenda and yield more fruitful results from G20 cooperation.
Jacob Zuma noted that South Africa and China enjoy time-honored friendship and South Africa cherishes its comprehensive strategic partnership with China. As bilateral relations are growing deeper, cooperation in various fields is also rapidly developing. South Africa appreciates China's contribution to Africa's development, its role in setting interconnected development, UN 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and other development agendas as topics of the G20 Hangzhou Summit as well as its special attention on Africa's development. The country is willing to reinforce cooperation with China in the UN, the G20, the BRICS, Forum on China-Africa Cooperation and other multilateral frameworks.
Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.