On December 6, 2013, State Councilor Yang Jiechi met with the South African Minister of State Security Siyabonga Cwele in Cape Town, South Africa.
Yang Jiechi said that President Xi Jinping, during his visit to South Africa in March this year, reached consensus with President Jacob Zuma to make the China-South Africa relations as the strategic fulcrum and priority in their respective foreign policy, which opened up broad prospects for the future of the China-South Africa relations. Next year, the Meeting of China-South Africa Joint Working Group will be held, and a series of activities of the Year of South Africa will be held in China, which will bring a new climax to the China-South Africa relations. China is willing to work together with South Africa to strengthen strategic coordination, deepen pragmatic cooperation and jointly promote the China-Africa relations and South-South cooperation.
Cwele said that South Africa hopes to enhance contacts with China, make joint efforts to promote solidarity and cooperation among BRICS countries, join hands in coping with the various global challenges together, and contribute to the peace and development of Africa.
Both sides also exchanged views on issues such as the situations in the Central African Republic and the Democratic Republic of Congo.