Zuma in China for state visit
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Zuma in China for state visit

2010-08-23 16:00

Johannesburg - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in China on Monday for a state visit, the international relations and cooperation department said.

The visit, from August 24 to 26, was intended to strengthen and broaden economic and commercial interaction between the two countries, and expand South-South interaction with a view to strengthening the voice of the developing world and its capacity to address the needs of its people, among other things.

It also aimed to demonstrate appreciation for the importance South Africa attached to its political, economic and cultural relationship with China, the department said.

A number of agreements and memorandums of understanding would be signed during the visit.

These included a declaration on the establishment of a comprehensive strategic partnership, and memorandums of understanding on cooperation in the fields of geology and mineral resources, environment management, transport and related matters, and railways and related matters.

Zuma was expected to pay courtesy calls on Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao, Vice-President Xi Jinping, and chairperson of the National People's Congress Wu Bangguo.

A business seminar with over 200 SA business leaders and entrepreneurs would also be held in Beijing to further enhance and strengthen economic cooperation.

Zuma was expected to also witness the signing of business contracts between South African and Chinese companies.

On August 26, Zuma would visit Shanghai, China's business hub, to view the South African Pavilion at the Shanghai 2010 World Expo.

The expo was opened on May 1 and would continue until October 31, with over 100 million visitors so far.

The department said South Africa's trade relations with China had expanded dramatically since the establishment of full diplomatic relations in 1998, with trade statistics reflecting the potential that still existed for expanding the commercial relationship.

China became South Africa's largest export destination by country since the start of 2009, and on the import side, China remained South Africa's largest partner.

Comments
  • MICKDO - 2010-08-23 16:39

    Another trip for our traelling President. What are those people who use to criticise Mbeki are saying now? Mbeki was travelling to African countries as a NEPAD chairman.

  • South African - 2010-08-23 17:42

    JZ....I assume that your mate Robber Mugabe gave you a few good contacts over there!Africa keeps looking at China......Mozambique, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia etc etc. They build roads and great palaces for the leaders, but wait, they will be pulling your strings shortly....and I do not want to be here to witness it!! Their human rights record is equal to that of Robber Mugabe!

  • oms - 2010-08-23 20:02

    Yes, Zuma leaves the country while its burning !!! First sort out your own country before you leave it mr. President!!! Who would like to invest in a country who is ruled by unions????

  • Pieter - 2010-08-24 10:42

    Meanwhile babies are dying in state-hospitals because government cannot come to an agreement with striking government employees. Well done. Hope all the people that voted for the ANC wakes up.

  • Philani Lubanyana - 2010-08-24 15:06

    “We have crossed the long stretch of an ocean to be here with you today and in so doing have retraced a journey that must first have been taken by both our ancestors more than a thousand years ago. Our memories and our written histories tell us only of the recent past, mainly of the twentieth century, but we recognise that long before Europeans ever set foot in Africa, a rich and prosperous trade existed between the two continents of Africa and Asia. Perhaps in many ways our meeting here in Beijing at the very first gathering of the Binational Commission is a renewal of that relationship first established in ancient times and later re-established and forged in the struggle for freedom from colonial rule and further strengthened in the present period of our modernisation. The road that South Africa has taken to her liberation and the new democracy established in 1994 was as a result not only of the efforts of the people of South Africa, but also due to our brothers and sisters in the wider world and in the People's Republic of China. You rightly believed that the struggle of the South African people was yours and accordingly adopted and fully supported us without any hesitation” former SA president Dr Thabo Mbeki statement on Binational Commission with China in 2001. China is our tried and tested liberation ally. In 1996 we choose peoples republic of China instead of Tawaine. China has just overtaken japan as the second world economy and US is limping.Philani@Umlazi

  • Monika - 2010-08-24 15:10

    Nero fiddles while Rome burns.

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