On 28 October 2013, Vice President Li Yuanchao co-chaired in Beijing with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe of South Africa the fifth plenary session of the China-South Africa Bi-National Commission. The meeting discussed promoting in-depth development of bilateral practical cooperation and reached broad consensus.
Li Yuanchao said that over the 15 years since the establishment of diplomatic relationship, China-South Africa relations have enjoyed leapfrog development. China has full confidence in the development of South Africa. Hope both sides will fully leverage the role of the Bi-National Commission mechanism to make long-term and strategic planning for bilateral relations, to promote mutually beneficial cooperation in the fields of economy, trade, scien-tech, energy, agriculture, public administration, people-to-people and cultural exchanges and to strengthen communication and coordination in major international and regional issues so as to push forward China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership to a new high.
Motlanthe expressed that South Africa–China relations enjoy a strong growth momentum. South Africa will work with China to enhance friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between the two countries in all fields.
Prior to the plenary session, both sides respectively held the meetings of subcommittees on foreign affairs, economy and trade, scien-tech, mining and energy.
On the afternoon of the same day, Li Yuanchao held a welcome ceremony for Motlanthe and they jointly attended the signing ceremony of documents on China-South Africa cooperation in the fields of tourism and public administration.
Su Rong, Vice-Chairperson of the National Committee of the Chinese People's Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), was present at the welcome ceremony.