20 May 2023
Deputy Minister Mashego-Dlamini arrives in China on an Official Visit
The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Ms Candith Mashego-Dlamini, has arrived in People’s Republic of China for an official visit. During her visit, the Deputy Minister will co-chair the 12th South Africa–China Strategic Dialogue (SD) on 24 May 2023 with Vice Minister of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr DENG Li.
The Strategic Dialogue was established in 2008 as a platform for a review of bilateral political and economic relations between the two countries at Ministerial level. The Strategic Dialogue Mechanism forms part of the South Africa-China Bi-National Commission (BNC) and provides a framework for the implementation of the comprehensive strategic partnership. The previous Strategic Dialogue was last held in 2021 virtually.
The meeting will provide an opportunity for the Deputy Minister to continue with the momentum of positive bilateral relations, particularly in the context of South Africa and China celebrating 25-years of diplomatic relations.
During her visit to China, the Deputy Minister is also expected to host a tourism workshop which aims to promote South Africa as a tourism destination.
Formal bilateral relations between South Africa and China were established in 1998 and are underpinned by the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership signed in 2010 as well as the new 10 Years Strategic Programme on Cooperation between South Africa and China (2020-2029).
China is South Africa’s largest global trading partner, which has increased from less than R1 billion in 1998 to R544 billion in 2021. By the end of 2022, the total volume of bilateral trade stood at R614 billion. There are approximately 42 South African companies invested in China in various sectors.
The Deputy Minister will conclude her visit in Shanghai, where she will chair a meeting with South African and Chinese companies which aims to explore new investment opportunities between the two countries.
Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, 082 884 5974
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