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Foreign Minister Wang Yi Meets with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa

2017/06/18

On June 18, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa in Beijing, who was in China for the meeting of BRICS Ministers of Foreign Affairs.

Wang Yi said that the development of China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership has maintained a vigorous momentum with consistent advancing of bilateral political mutual trust, mutually beneficial economy and trade, as well as prosperous people-to-people and cultural exchanges. China is willing to work together with South African to well implement the important consensus reached by the two heads and the outcomes from the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), and expedite the promotion of mutually beneficial cooperation in special economic zone, maritime economy, infrastructure construction, human resource development and other areas, so as to bring more benefits to the two countries and the two peoples.

Wang Yi expressed that facing the increasing uncertain factors in international situation, the BRICS countries should strengthen unity and play a leading and exemplary role in the promotion of the construction of a community of shared destiny for mankind. China stands ready to enhance international coordination and cooperation with South Africa to jointly promote the mechanism buildings of the FOCAC and the BRICS countries, continuously enrich the connotation of bilateral strategic cooperation, and well safeguard the common interests of the two countries and developing countries.

Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that South Africa and China are close friends and brothers. In recent years, under the guidance of the two heads, strategic mutual trust between South Africa and China has been constantly enhanced, practical cooperation has been earnestly promoted, and people-to-people and cultural exchanges have experienced multiple climaxes. South Africa looks forward to joining hands with China to propel the implementation of the outcomes from the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit, and constantly elevate bilateral relations to new highs. The South African side stands ready to make joint efforts with other member states in supporting China's efforts to well host the BRICS Summit in Xiamen this September, and further advance the cooperative and mechanism building of the BRICS.

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