‘Independent SA’ supports One China Policy – Zuma

2011-10-13 16:28

President Jacob Zuma moved today to reassure South Africans that South African foreign policy is independent and decisions serve no one but South Africans.

With his brand new honorary doctorate from a Texan university in hand, Zuma addressed diplomats and students at the University of Pretoria.He covered various aspects of South Africa’s foreign policy, but spent some time explaining that South Africa supports the “One China Policy”, which says the People’s Republic of China is the only representative of the Chinese people.

It was only during question time that Zuma was forced to address the Dalai Lama issue.

The Dalai Lama withdrew his visa application last week after the South African government dragged its feet to make a decision on the granting of the visa.According to those in the know the fear of ruining the blooming relationship between South Africa and China informed South Africa’s foot-dragging.

“It would be difficult to explain what happened at immigration. Countries deal with immigration in many ways that are not public,” Zuma told the audience, failing to address the reasons why the visa application was not dealt with speedily.

He went on to recall how many ANC leaders were classified as terrorists during the apartheid times and mentioned that Tokyo Sexwale had been on a terrorist watch list until recently.

Zuma explained in his prepared speech that “we look for what is of benefit to the South African people, and what will advance our domestic priorities at that given time.

“We are not dictated to by other countries, individuals or lobby group interests within our country,” he said.

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