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Li Keqiang Meets with Deputy President David Mabuza of South Africa

On the afternoon of October 29, 2019, Premier Li Keqiang met at the Great Hall of the People with Deputy President David Mabuza of South Africa, who was paying an official visit to China and attending the seventh plenary meeting of the China-South Africa Bi-National Commission.

Li Keqiang expressed, South Africa is an important African country. The further deepening of bilateral relations is beneficial to the development of China-Africa relations and cooperation. Since the beginning of last year, the two heads of state have had many successful meetings. Under the current circumstances, the Chinese side is willing to work with the South African side to consolidate political mutual trust and promote practical cooperation and people-to-people and cultural exchanges to push for new development of bilateral relations and China-Africa relations.

Li Keqiang pointed out, both China and South Africa are developing countries and have broad common interests. The Chinese side stands ready to work with the South African side to closely communicate and coordinate in international and regional affairs and enhance cooperation in multilateral mechanisms such as the United Nations and BRICS, in a bid to jointly safeguard developing countries' interests and maintain regional and world peace and stability.

David Mabuza offered his congratulations for the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China. He said, the current South Africa-China relations maintain comprehensive development. He thanked China for its long-standing support for the development of South Africa and other African countries. South Africa admires China's great development achievements, and stands ready to learn from China's development experience, deepen practical cooperation across the board with China and push bilateral relations to reach a new level.

Wang Yi and He Lifeng were present.

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