Media Statement

01 September 2017

Deputy Minister Mfeketo pleased with the outcome of the SA-China Strategic Dialogue

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Nomaindiya Mfeketo, has expressed her satisfaction with the progress made under the South Africa-China Strategic Dialogue. The Deputy Minister recently hosted the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People's Republic of China, Mr CHEN Xiaodong, for the 9th South Africa-China Strategic Dialogue, held in Pretoria.

Established in 2008, the Strategic Dialogue is one of several structured bilateral mechanisms between South Africa and China, which provides a platform for the review of bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries. China is South Africa’s top trading partner and the two countries are currently engaged in discussions on potential funding of key socio-economic projects in South Africa by China under the framework of the Forum of China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), which the two countries currently co-chair.

The Strategic Dialogue further provided an opportunity for the two Principals to discuss cooperation in multilateral fora such as the United Nations, the G20, and BRICS, among others. China is currently the Chair of BRICS and South Africa will take over from China as Chair of BRICS next year. The two Principals also discussed preparations for the celebration of the 20 year anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between South Africa and China in 2018.

Enquiries: Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974

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