Islamabad: The ties between China and South Africa are at the best time in history, with strong development momentum, Chinese President Xi Jinping said in Ufa, Russia on Thursday.
Xi made the remarks during a meeting with his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, ahead of the BRICS and Shanghai Cooperation Organization summits.
Xi recalled the state visits he and Zuma had paid to each other’s countries over the past two years, during which they mapped out long-term and comprehensive plans for bilateral cooperation.
China and South Africa have scored tangible results in strategic cooperation in important sectors, which significantly enriched the connotation of the comprehensive strategic partnership between them, Xi stated during interview with People’s Daily..
Xi added that China is willing to enhance coordination and cooperation with South Africa, with special focus on such areas as marine economy, production capacity, economic special zone, energy and finance, so as to translate the bilateral friendship and political mutual trust into tangible cooperation results and better benefit the two peoples.
“China is willing to strengthen cooperation with South Africa within the mechanism of BRICS, in an effort to better build the BRICS countries, while enabling them to play a constructive role in international affairs and safeguarding the common interests of emerging-market economies and developing countries,” said XI.