Press Statement

17 February 2013

Minister Nkoana-Mashabane to host her Chinese Counterpart, H.E. Mr. Yang Jiechi

International Relations and Cooperation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane will host the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Yang Jiechi, on 18 February 2013 in Cape Town.

The meeting takes place within the context of the forthcoming State Visit by the Chinese President to South Africa on the eve of the BRICS Summit in Durban. Ministers will discuss progress made in preparation for the BRICS Summit as well as the State Visit, which will be taking place from 25 to 26 March 2013. Various bilateral agreements and Memoranda of Understanding are being prepared for signature during the State Visit. These include cooperation on education, labour, tourism, home affairs and environment.

Furthermore, ministerial discussions on bilateral relations with China will be discussed with a view to strengthening not only bilateral cooperation but also cooperation on the African Continent.  Matters related to international peace and security will also be on the agenda.

China is South Africa’s major trading partner. In 2012, exports from South Africa to China amounted to some R 89 billion, while imports from China to South Africa totalled about R113 billion. Total trade stood at R201 billion (Source: SARS). Both countries are working hard to reduce the current trade imbalance.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, spokesperson for DIRCO, +27 82 884 5974

Issued by the Department of International Relations and Cooperation

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