SA, China strengthen cooperation

South Africa’s relationship with China is one of great promise and opportunity for both nations. In the course of the last decade, trade relations have expanded rapidly, with China now our largest trading partner. The South Africa-China Bi-National Commission scheduled to take place from 31 October to 3 November 2019 will help to strengthen these relations. The working visit by the Deputy President of South Africa and a delegation of Deputy Ministers takes place in the context of strengthening South-South cooperation and consolidating the already existing bilateral political and economic relations between South Africa and China.

Our agenda of building mutually beneficial relations remains a fundamental pillar of South Africa’s foreign policy. China is a central partner and a fraternal friend that continues to support the development agenda of our country and continent. Our relations with China have achieved a leapfrog development from a partnership to a strategic partnership and then to a comprehensive strategic partnership, setting up a model for China-Africa Cooperation and South-South Cooperation.