SA, China strengthen ties as leaders meet

2016-11-22 18:05

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Cape Town – South Africa and China have strengthened political and economic ties for the next five years.

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa met his Chinese counterpart Li Yuanchao at Tuynhuys on Tuesday afternoon to renew and sign several agreements between the two countries, Netwerk24 reported.

Li met ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe at Parliament on Tuesday morning where the ANC and the ruling Chinese Communist Party (CCP) also reaffirmed their ties.

Mantashe said before the meeting that they would strengthen and broaden their co-operation.

"These relations are based on mutual respect because we are equal partners. We will renew our memorandum of understanding for another five years."

Mantashe said the ANC has learnt a lot from the CCP.

"We are still a young democracy and they have been ruling China for many years. We are learning from them how to rule, but we need to do that quickly."

Li said it was a great honour to be in South Africa.

"It is my third visit. I was here in 2012 for the 100th birthday of the ANC and in 2013 I was here for [former president Nelson] Mandela's funeral."

South Africa and China already work together in trade and investment and have made strides in working together in culture and health.

Read more on:    gwede mantashe  |  li yuanchao  |  cyril rama­phosa  |  china  |  sa

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