Media Statement

30 October 2019

South Africa and China meet to review bilateral political and economic relations

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, participated in the 10th South Africa-China Strategic Dialogue, in conjunction with the Sixth Meeting of the Sub-Committee on Foreign Affairs, which was hosted by the Assistant Minister of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China, Mr CHEN Xiaodong, on 30 October 2019, in Beijing, China.

The Strategic Dialogue was established in 2008 and is one of several structured bilateral mechanisms between South Africa and China. The Strategic Dialogue specifically provides a platform for the review of bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries.

The Deputy Ministers also discussed the preparations for the 7th South Africa-China Bi-National Commission, which will take place in Beijing, on 31 October 2019.

The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, has expressed her satisfaction with progress made under the South Africa-China Strategic Dialogue. China is one of South Africa’s top trading partners and the two countries are engaged in discussions on various key issues which fall within the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership.

The Strategic Dialogue further provided an opportunity for the two principals to discuss cooperation in multilateral for a, such as the United Nations, the G20, and BRICS, among others.

Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini also congratulated China on the 70th Anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974

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