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S. African President optimistic of ties with China

08-25-2010 19:57 BJT

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Following his meeting with the Chinese leaders, South African President Jacob Zuma highlighted the achievements of the trip.

Zuma says one agreement and 6 Memorandums of Understanding were signed between the two countries. The two nations also vow to improve bilateral ties to the level of a comprehensive strategic partnership. Zuma is being accompanied by a 300-strong business delegation -- the largest to accompany him during his foreign state tours. Statistics from China's Commerce Ministry show China is now South Africa's largest trading partner and South Africa is China's second largest trade partner in African continent. Bilateral trade volume in the first half of this year reached 10.81 billion US dollars, up 56.1 percent from the same time period last year.

Zuma said, "The key element of this expanded partnership is partnership for growth and development, focusing on key issues, such as benefication, and value addition, to resources, infrastructure, market access, and trade, in South Sfrican region, and Africa as a whole."

Editor:Du Xiaodan |Source: CNTV

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