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Xi Jinping Meets with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa

On September 4, 2017, President Xi Jinping met in Xiamen with President Jacob Zuma of South Africa, who was in China for the 9th BRICS Summit and the Dialogue between Emerging Market Economies and Developing Countries.

Xi Jinping pointed out that in recent years, China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership has maintained robust development momentum with bilateral relations at the best level in history. China stands ready to reinforce coordination and cooperation with South Africa to constantly enrich the connotation of bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership with more cooperation achievements, so as to realize common development and progress.

Xi Jinping stressed that at present, China-South Africa overall friendly cooperation has achieved positive progress, with practical cooperation being advanced smoothly. In the next step, China is willing to, together with South Africa, actively implement the initiative of jointly constructing the "Belt and Road" and the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) and comprehensively deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields, in a bid to elevate China-South Africa relation to new highs. Both sides should continuously understand and support each other on issues concerning respective core interests and major concerns and cement bilateral high-level political mutual trust. Major bilateral cooperation consensus should be earnestly implemented and cooperation in maritime economy, production capacity and other aspects should be advanced with coordination. The two countries should enhance exchanges and cooperation in culture, science and technology, health, tourism, youth, women, media and other sectors, well host people-to-people and cultural exchanges and celebration activities marking the 20th anniversary of the establishment of China-South Africa diplomatic relations next year, and strengthen coordination and collaboration in international and regional organizations such as BRICS, the G20, the UN and African Union. China supports African countries' efforts in enhancing their capacity building in peacekeeping. China and South Africa have always maintained close communication and cooperation under the BRICS framework, and China will closely collaborate with South Africa at the time when South Africa takes over the presidency of BRICS next year.

Xi Jinping stressed that China and Africa are a community of shared future featuring common interests and challenges as well as a community of common interests with win-win cooperation. No matter how the international situation changes, China will be committed to realizing win-win cooperation with Africa, and China's resolution for common development and China's support to the cause of peace and development in Africa remain firm and unshakable. China stands ready to make concerted efforts with African countries in better combining the implementation of the joint construction of the "Belt and Road" initiative and China-Africa Ten Major Cooperation Plans set forth at the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit together with Africa's 2063 Agenda so as to promote the common development of China and South Africa.

Jacob Zuma expressed gratitude to China for the outstanding preparation for the BRICS Summit. South Africa-China comprehensive strategic partnership is robust and vigorous. The framework of bilateral cooperation has been implemented smoothly, with bilateral cooperation mechanism yielding significant achievements and bilateral exchanges and cooperation in economy, trade, investment, infrastructure, people-to-people and cultural engagement and other sectors achieving positive outcomes. South Africa and China have always kept close communication and coordination in multilateral affairs. The country stands ready to take the implementation of the outcomes of the FOCAC Johannesburg Summit as an opportunity to deepen mutually beneficial cooperation between South Africa and China as well as between African countries and China. South Africa is willing to support each other with China in well hosting the BRICS Summit this year and next year.

Wang Huning, Li Zhanshu, Yang Jiechi and others attended the meeting.

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