Chinese President Hu Jintao
and South African President Thabo Mbeki on Thursday agreed to continue to enrich
the strategic partnership between the two countries.
Hu and Mbeki met on the sidelines of the outreach session of the Group of
Eight (G8) summit slated for Friday in Heiligendamm in northern Germany.
China and South Africa are due to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations in January 2008. "We hope to use this
opportunity to further boost the relations," Hu said.
Hu stressed that China has heeded trade issues that concern South Africa and
taken measures to increase imports from the country.
China encourages and supports investment in South Africa by Chinese
enterprises and more cooperation on large-scale projects between the two
countries, Hu said.
China hopes a trade balance can be achieved through joint efforts, he added.
South Africa is a major participant of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation
(FOCAC) Summit, which convened in Beijing last year.
The summit was very successful and China is willing to have more discussions
and close cooperation with African nations, including South Africa, to implement
the measures helpful to these countries, Hu said.
China will also seek more coordination with South Africa at the United
Nations, the World Trade Organization and other multi-lateral institutions to
make joint contribution to maintain regional and world peace and stability,
safeguarding the lawful interests of developing nations, Hu noted.
Expressing his appreciation over China's efforts to achieve trade balance,
Mbeki said his country will also take measures to narrow the gap.
South Africa will further promote cooperation on large-scale projects to
enhance its trade and economic relations with China, the president noted.
Speaking of the FOCAC summit in Beijing, Mbeki said that African nations
deemed the meeting very successful.
South Africa will work together with China to implement the results of the
meeting and push forward the Sino-African relations, he added.