On June 24, 2019, State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi held talks with Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor of South Africa in Beijing.
Wang Yi said that China and South Africa are comprehensive strategic partners with solid mutual trust and a profound traditional friendship. The Chinese side congratulates the African National Congress on winning the election in South Africa again and is glad to see that South Africa has embarked on a development path that suits its national conditions and enjoys broad support from the South African people. The Chinese side will firmly support the new South African government in developing the economy, creating jobs and improving people's livelihood. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People's Republic of China and the 25th anniversary of the founding of the new South Africa. Socialism with Chinese characteristics has entered a new era, while South Africa has entered a new era of hope and revitalization. China-South Africa relations stand at a new historical starting point and face new opportunities for development. The Chinese side is ready to design and well implement high-level exchanges with the South African side in the next stage, and deepen synergy of development strategies and all-round cooperation, to inject new impetus into the development of bilateral relations.
Wang Yi pointed out that it is highly alarming that there has been a countercurrent in the international situation recently. Unilateralism challenges the international order with the international law at its core, and protectionism impacts on the rules-based multilateral trading system, and all forms of power politics and bullying undermine the sovereignty and legitimate rights and interests of all countries, making the world more and more uncertain. As important representatives in emerging markets and developing countries, China and South Africa should join other countries to speak in one voice, defend the purposes and principles of the Charter of the United Nations (UN), support multilateralism, maintain basic principles governing the international relations, and oppose all forms of unilateral and bullying practices to promote world peace, development and prosperity.
Naledi Pandor said that the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is an important cooperation platform and has made great achievements in promoting cooperation between the African continent and China. South Africa and China enjoy robust relations and broad comprehensive strategic partnership that goes beyond the bilateral scope. The two sides share the same position on important international and regional issues. The South African side looks forward to deepening strategic coordination with the Chinese side and enhancing coordination and cooperation within the BRICS and other multilateral frameworks. The South African side is willing to actively participate in the second China International Import Expo. At present, the multi-polarization process is facing challenges. South Africa is concerned about global trade tensions and unilateralism and protectionism. China's position is to safeguard the legitimate rights and interests of developing countries including South Africa. South Africa and the entire African continent will stand firmly with the Chinese side to be partners in resisting unilateral bullying, firmly uphold multilateralism and maintain an open and inclusive global trading system.
After the talks, both sides witnessed the signing of bilateral cooperation agreements together.