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S.Africa's Zuma seeks to strengthen relations with China

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South Africa's Zuma takes begging bowl to China. PHOTOS:freetibet

“President Zuma will meet with his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, to strengthen bilateral relations and exchange views on regional and global issues,” read a statement by the Presidency.

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Zuma also stated that one of the major objectives of the State Visit was to ensure that South Africa relations with China remain central to realising his country’s developmental agenda through its foreign policy.

He added that South Africa was increasing her efforts to implement the National Development Plan (NDP), cooperating in the areas of agriculture, environmental affairs, trade and industry as well as finance.

The visit will afford President Zuma and his delegation an opportunity to engage with the Government of China on the following areas of interest.

Zuma’s visit will also address Africa’s developmental agenda through South Africa and China’s co-chairship of the forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) until 2018.

“South Africa and China share a sound political and economic relationship, with China becoming South Africa’s single largest trading partner in the world, and South Africa being China’s largest trading partner in Africa,” read the statement.

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President Zuma is accompanied by Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, Minister of International Relations and Cooperation; Jeff Radebe, Minister in the Presidency; Nhlanhla Nene, Minister of Finance; Rob Davies, Minister of Trade and Industry; Edna Molewa, Minister of Environmental Affairs; Dipuo Peters, Minister of Transport; as well as Senzeni Zokwana, Minister of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries.

The Presidential delegation will also include South African business persons, who will attend the South Africa-China Business Forum on 5 December 2014 in Beijing, with a view to promote and expand trade and investment between South Africa and China.