Tonight we gather here for the grand celebration of the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between the People's Republic of
First of all, I wish to extend my greatest gratitude to Minister Mashabane and Minister Sisulu for attending this reception out of your busy schedule.
On behalf of the Embassy of China in
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi and Your Honorable Minister Mashabane exchanged messages of congratulation at the beginning of this year to celebrate the anniversary. Both Ministers spoke highly of the developments of bilateral relationship. I wish to share with you the congratulatory message from Minister Yang:
"On the occasion of the fifteenth anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relationship between the People's Republic of
In the past one and half decade, China-South
The international landscape is now experiencing complicated and profound changes.
The progress of this bilateral relationship can not be possible without the generous support and joint efforts from various departments of the two countries, as well as the passionate engagement of people from all walks of life. I suggest we give another round of applause to everyone who has contributed to the development of China-South Africa relations.
In the past fifteen years, both
The first letter "F" stands for friendship, as it is the bonding tie linking
The second letter "I" stands for independence, as it is the shared philosophy guiding the diplomatic practice of both our countries. By pursuing an independent foreign policy,
The third letter "F" stands for future, as it is what China-South Africa relationship is oriented to. The leaderships of our two countries have adopted a strategic and long-term vision and have been reviewing this bilateral relationship with a global perspective, blazing a new trial of China-SA relationship, featuring mutual respect, equality, mutual trust, win-win cooperation and common development.
The fourth letter "T" stands for "Triple-jump", as it is how we describe the leaps and bounds in the development of our bilateral relations, from partnership in 2000, to strategic partnership in 2004 and to comprehensive strategic partnership in 2010. China-South Africa relationship is now standing as the model of the relationship between
The fifth letter "E" stands for economic tie, as it is the highlight of China-SA relations. According to statistics from China Customs, trade volume between our two countries reached US$59.94 billion in 2012, almost 40 times of the number of 1997.
The sixth letter "E" stands for exchanges between the people, as it's often said in
The last letter "N" stands for a new chapter. The age of fifteen is very crucial as it is where a young man turns into a grown-up. The fifteen-year-old China-SA relationship is now entering a new stage of maturity. The success of the 18th National Congress of the CPC and the 53rd National Conference of the ANC has opened a new chapter of national development of our two countries.
I wish to work hand in hand with all friends across