Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad Arrives in China Ahead of Official Visit Scheduled from 22-23 September 2005

Beijing - South African Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad has arrived in Beijing, China where he is scheduled to pay an official visit from Thursday-Friday 22 to 23 September 2005.

This is the second leg of a three nation visit to the region that comes in the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate bilateral, political and economic relations with all countries of the South in order to create the conditions for the developmental agenda of the South to be achieved. Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad yesterday, Wednesday 21 September 2005, concluded a visit to South Korea and is scheduled to visit North Korea from Saturday-Tuesday, 24 to 27 September 2005.

Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad is scheduled to hold bilateral, political and economic discussions with Chinese Vice Minister Qiao Zonghuai in Beijing tomorrow Friday, 23 September 2005.

Issues on the agenda of discussion are expected to include, among others:

  • The status of bilateral, political and economic relations between China and South Africa;
  • Development in the region with particular reference to the agreement reached in the 6-party talks on Monday 19 September 2005;
  • A briefing by Deputy Minister Pahad on developments in Africa and the SADC region;
  • A discussion on the outcome of the recently held Millennium Development Review Summit and 60th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York; and
  • Other issues of mutual interest.

Later today, Deputy Minister Aziz Pahad is also scheduled to hold discussions with Vice Minister Dai Bingguo.

Issued by Ronnie Mamoepa on 082 990 4853

Department of Foreign Affairs
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22 September 2005

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