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Wang Yi Meets with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu of South Africa
2018-05-22

On May 21, 2018 local time, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi met with Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Lindiwe Sisulu of South Africa on the sidelines of the G20 Foreign Ministers' Meeting in Buenos Aires.

Wang Yi expressed that as important major developing countries and emerging market economies, China and South Africa play important roles in international and regional affairs and maintain close coordination and cooperation. The strategic implication of China-South Africa relations has transcended bilateral scope and is of global influence. China is willing to intensify communication and coordination with South Africa, vigorously safeguard unity and cooperation among developing countries and push for improvement of the global governance system. China has all along viewed China-South Africa relations from a strategic height and long-term perspective and remained committed to further developing "comradely and brotherly" friendly relations with South Africa. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries and is a crucial year of inheriting the past and ushering the future of bilateral relations, during which both sides will have a series of important diplomatic agendas. China will fully support South Africa in successfully hosting the BRICS Summit and ensure that Chinese leaders' attendance at the BRICS Summit and visit to South Africa will achieve complete success, so as to make it become another important milestone in bilateral relations and vigorously lead the development direction of bilateral relations.

Lindiwe Sisulu noted that South Africa and China enjoy a traditional friendship. South Africa highly cherishes the friendship between both countries and attaches importance to developing its relations with China. South Africa thanks the Chinese government for providing support for the new government of South Africa and hopes to make joint efforts with China to well host a series of activities celebrating the 20th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China. South Africa thanks China for providing strong support for South Africa in hosting the BRICS Summit and eagerly looks forward to Chinese leaders' attendance at the Summit in South Africa and visit to the country. South Africa will coordinate with China closely to make sure that the Summit and the visit will be completely successful and score positive results.

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