South Africa and China Strengthen Strategic Partnership for Mutual Prosperity

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South Africa’s Deputy Minister Candith Mashego-Dlamini participated in the 12th South Africa-China Strategic Dialogue in Beijing, co-chaired by Vice Minister Deng Li. This momentous gathering signifies the strong bond of friendship shared between the two nations at both party-to-party and state levels.

Celebrating 25 Years of Diplomatic Relations

2023 marks the 25th anniversary of formal diplomatic relations between South Africa and China. This partnership has grown significantly over the years, culminating in the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership underpinned by the South Africa-China 10 Years Strategic Programme on Cooperation. As the two nations look to the future, South Africa is set to host the 15th BRICS Summit in August 2023, with President Cyril Ramaphosa extending an invitation to President Xi Jinping for a state visit.

Year of the Rabbit: Symbol of Longevity, Peace, and Prosperity

The Chinese calendar heralds this as the Year of the Rabbit, which is expected to bring renewed energy to the strategic partnership between South Africa and China. This partnership is set to yield tangible, win-win outcomes in various areas of cooperation, particularly in trade and investment. Despite uncertain times at a global level, the unwavering commitment to cooperation between the two nations remains strong.

Deepening Ties for National Growth and Development

The political leadership of both nations, including government departments and businesses, continue to deepen and broaden their ties. China’s bilateral initiatives and development proposals align with South Africa’s national growth and development imperatives, reflecting the shared values of close friendship, strong solidarity, and common interests.

Preparing for High-Level Political Exchanges

The 12th South Africa-China Strategic Dialogue serves as a preparatory platform for high-level political exchanges planned for this year. In these challenging times, the partnership between South Africa and China stands as a beacon of hope and stability. The dialogue provides an opportunity to consolidate this partnership and enhance the joint commitment to cooperate at regional and multilateral levels.

Fostering Spirit of Friendship and Solidarity

During her visit, Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini expressed her gratitude to Vice Minister Deng Li for his gracious hospitality and for making her delegation feel welcome. The dialogue provided a space for fruitful deliberations, as both nations engaged in a robust exchange of views, fostering a spirit of friendship and solidarity that characterise their strong relations.

Strengthening International Diplomacy

This momentous occasion serves as a testament to the importance of international diplomacy in fostering relationships across borders. As South Africa and China celebrate their shared history and look to the future, the 12th South Africa-China Strategic Dialogue stands as a symbol of the importance of working together to promote peace, prosperity, and mutual understanding.

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