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South Africa's growth can benefit from partnership with China: experts

By Ndumiso Mlilo (Xinhua)

08:49, November 16, 2012

JOHANNEBSURG, Nov. 15 (Xinhua) -- South African experts suggested that their government should promote its strategic partnership with China to advance the nation's economic development.

The experts made the suggestions during a discussion on the topic of "China-South Africa: Unpacking a strategic partnership" on Wednesday night at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.

The discussion was sponsored by the South African Institute for International Affairs.

Layla Al-Zubaidi, regional director of Heinrich Boll Foundation, said, "China's economic growth and success in poverty alleviation has inspired the South African government and sparked interest particularly in handling state-owned enterprises."

While the Sino-South African relations are still evolving, they have already yielded many benefits at the political, economic and social levels, according to the expert.

The expert believed there is a need to expand mutual benefits of both countries into the future.

Dr. Mzukisi Qobo from the department of political science at the University of Pretoria said the government of South Africa should improve the strategic partnership with China. "In this strategic partnership South Africa has to define what we want from China."

Qobo said South Africa has been sending delegates to China to learn from the Chinese society how their economy could grow and how they manage to eradicate poverty.

"The Chinese government provides a good alternative because they are prepared to go into partnership with the South African government which would assist many South Africans," the expert said.

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