President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa Meets with Wang Yi

On June 3, 2018 local time, President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa met in Pretoria with State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi.

Cyril Ramaphosa asked Wang Yi to convey his warm greetings to President Xi Jinping. Cyril Ramaphosa said that South Africa has always viewed and developed its relations with China from a strategic height and looks forward to further strengthening bilateral cooperation in the face of the current complex and volatile international situation. The whole country welcomes President Xi Jinping to come to South Africa to attend the BRICS Summit in July and to pay a state visit to South Africa. It is believed that the visit will be a complete success and will provide new opportunities for and inject strong impetus into the deepening of the comprehensive strategic partnership between the two sides. South Africa will, as always, resolutely adhere to the one-China policy. It is an honor to be the only guest of honor in Africa to attend the first China International Import Expo to be held in Shanghai in November.

Wang Yi conveyed sincere greetings of President Xi Jinping to Cyril Ramaphosa and stated that socialism with Chinese characteristics has currently entered a new era and the national development of South Africa has entered a new period. The development of China-South Africa relations is facing a historic opportunity of inheriting the past and ushering the future. The two sides should strengthen coordination and cooperation, enhance strategic mutual trust, and deepen mutually beneficial cooperation. In the face of the complex and changeable international situation, the comprehensive strategic partnership between China and South Africa should not only safeguard the common interests of the two sides and developing countries, but also be more practical, more effective, and more beneficial to the people. China firmly supports the development and growth of South Africa, which not only conforms to the interests of South Africa, but also is conducive to the enhancement of the strength of vast developing countries. This year is an important year for China-South Africa relations and China-Africa cooperation. The two sides should take the opportunity of President Xi Jinping’s visit to South Africa and President Cyril Ramaphosa’s visit to China, and take mutual support for the BRICS Summit to be held in South Africa and the Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation to be held in China as a handle to push China-South Africa relations towards a new phase and bring China-Africa cooperation to a new stage.

On the following day, Wang Yi also held talks with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu of South Africa.

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