China-South Africa Bi-national Commission strong push to bilateral ties: Chinese vice president

08:30, November 18, 2010      

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Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping (L) meets with South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe in Cape Town, South Africa, Nov. 17, 2010. (Xinhua/Pang Xinglei)

The 10-year-old China-South Africa Bi-National Commission has been giving a strong push to the bilateral relations between the two countries, Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping said here in Cape Town on Wednesday.

Xi made the remarks while co-hosting the 4th plenary session of the commission along with South African Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

"The China-South Africa Bi-National Commission, a high-level mechanism guiding and coordinating the cooperation between China and South Africa in all sectors, has been improving and making distinctive achievements over the past 10 years," Xi said. "It will give a strong push to the development of the two countries' comprehensive strategic partnership."

He urged to bring the commission's role into the full play, which will accordingly guide and promote the implementation of the Beijing Declaration on the Establishment of Comprehensive Strategic Partnership The vice president said all the sub- committee meetings of the plenary session have achieved the intended purposes thanks to the concerted efforts of both sides.

Xi stressed that the two sides should maintain the momentum of mutual high-level visits. "We need to support each other in issues concerning the core interests of the opposite side and coordinate and cooperate in major international and regional issues."

He urged to continue to push the bilateral trade balance, stability and a sustainable growth and support the enterprises of the two countries to deepen their cooperation in major sectors, such as mining, manufacture, energy and green economy.

The two countries should further widen our cooperation in sectors such as science and technology, education, culture and tourism and encourage the two peoples to deepen their mutual understandings, he noted.

For his part, Motlanthe said the purpose of the plenary session is to implement the goals set by the Beijing Declaration, further deepening the two countries' relations.

"The complete success of the session will play an important role in the development of the bilateral relations of South Africa and China," he added.


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