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Sino-South African Relations in Pictures


Sino-South African Relations in Pictures

    China and South Africa formally established diplomatic relations on January 1, 1998.  Since then, bilateral relations have witnessed a rapid, healthy and smooth development.  There has been frequent high-level exchange of visits.  Co-operation in various fields has undergone an all-round expansion. 


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On December 30, 1997, Mr. Qian Qichen, Vice Premier and Foreign Minister of China and Mr. Alfred Nzo, Foreign Minister of South Africa signed the Joint Communiqué, establishing diplomatic relations between the two countries. 



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On February 3, 1998, H.E. Mr. Wang Xuexian, first Ambassador of the PRC to the RSA presented the Credentials to H.E. Mr. Nelson Mandela, President of the RSA.


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On April 13th, 1998, Chinese President Jiang Zemin met South African Deputy President Thabo Mbeki in Beijing.


South African President Nelson Mandela met with the visiting Chinese Vice-President Hu Jintao in Cape Town in February 1999. During the visit, The two countries agreed to form a constructive partnership of co-operation oriented towards the 21st century.


South African President Nelson Mandela presented Chinese President Jiang Zemin a first class Golden Cape Medal, the highest honorary medal conferred to a foreign leader by the RSA on May 20, 1999 during his state visit to China.




Chinese President Jiang Zemin and South African President Thabo Mbeki signed Pretoria Declaration on the Partnership Between the People's Republic of China and the Republic of South Africa on April 25, 2000, setting up a high-level Bi-National Commission. A host of other   bilateral agreements on cooperation in merchant shipping, agriculture, police co-operation, double taxation and culture were also signed.


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Mr. Li Peng, Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People's Congress of the PRC met Dr. Ginwala, Speaker of the National Assembly, on November 18, 1999 during his visit to South Africa. Mr. Li addressed a special meeting of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces of the RSA.


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