On November 27th, Ambassador Tian Xuejun gave an interview to CCTV on President Xi Jinping’s state visit to South Africa and FOCAC Summit.
Ambassador Tian said President Xi Jinping’s second state visit to South Africa within three years will take bilateral relations to a new height. At present, the bilateral ties are at the best stage of history and the cooperation and exchanges between the two countries are gaining strong momentum in all areas. The development of China-South Africa ties will also greatly promote China-Africa relations. South Africa could become the gateway for Chinese companies to expand business in Africa. China-South Africa cooperation on advancing “three networks and industrialization” and Africa’s connectivity enjoys enormous potential and broad prospects.
Ambassador Tian pointed out that since its inception 15 years ago, FOCAC has made remarkable achievements and yielded bountiful fruits, which has become a good example of South-South cooperation and attracted world’s attention. It serves as an important platform for China-Africa collective dialogue and practical cooperation as well as a banner guiding China-Africa relations. The upcoming FOCAC summit is destined to become another historic grand event, which will further synergize China and Africa’s respective development strategies, boost bilateral pragmatic cooperation and upgrade and deepen China-Africa ties in an all-round way.