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Govt Recommits to Working with China
Source: Bua News
Source Date: Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Focus: Institution and HR Management
Country: South Africa
Created: Nov 17, 2010

Motlanthe said both countries are in agreement that this was a long term commitment to co-operation between their people.


He expressed South Africa’s satisfaction with the progress that has already been achieved since the first meeting of the Bi-National Commission (BNC) in China in 2001.


Motlanthe also congratulated China on the successful hosting of the Shanghai 2010 World Expo and expressed appreciation for the assistance given to the South African Pavilion.


“We participated at the expo knowing full well that its fruits will be harvested in the long term. We are confident that the 4.5 million visitors to our pavilion, together with millions others who watched the spectacular 2010 FIFA World Cup will remain friends of South Africa and translate into a viable market,” Motlanthe said.


He further noted that China’s involvement through the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in Africa’s economic development was growing rapidly and trade was now over US$ 100 billion.


“In this connection, we also look forward to a sustained friendship at multilateral level in pursuit of a more peaceful, equitable and prosperous global community,” he said, assuring that South Africa’s  deepening Comprehensive Strategic Partnership will definitely accelerate the two countries common journey towards a better life for its people.


“Hopefully this is the first of many visits to South Africa, together with the people of South Africa we will do everything to make your short stay a memorable one,” said Motlanthe. - BuaNews



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