Zuma to attend anniversary of end of occupation of China

Zuma to attend anniversary of end of occupation of China

President Jacob Zuma has been invited by his Chinese counterpart‚ President Xi Jinping‚ to participate in celebrations in Beijing on September 3 to mark the 70th Anniversary of the End of the Occupation of China and the Second World War‚ the Presidency announced on Sunday.

Apart from participating in the celebrations to mark the 70th Anniversary of the end of the Occupation of China and the Second World War‚ it is anticipated that Presidents Zuma and Xi will hold bilateral talks on the margins of the event‚ said Presidency spokesman Bongani Majola.

“President Zuma and his delegation are expected to assess the status of progress on the key areas identified under the Five-to-Ten Year Strategic Programme for Cooperation; discuss preparations for South Africa’s hosting of the Forum for China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Summit on 04-05 December 2015; and provide an update on developments pertaining to the African Regional Centre (ARC) with regard to the BRICS New Development Bank. China hosts the headquarters of the recently launched BRICS Development Bank‚ based in Shanghai‚” Majola added.

South Africa’s relations with China are at the level of a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership (CSP)‚ with the bilateral relationship being among the most vibrant and strategic‚ he said. During the State Visit of President Zuma to China in December 2014‚ the two countries concluded the “Five-to-Ten Year Strategic Programme for Cooperation” between the two countries.

Six priority areas were identified as the focus of the strategic relationship for 2015. These are (1) Alignment of industries to accelerate South Africa’s industrialization process; (2) Enhancement of cooperation in Special Economic Zones (SEZs); (3) Enhancement of marine cooperation; (4) Infrastructure development; (5) Human resource cooperation; and (6) Financial cooperation.

President Zuma will be accompanied by Ms Maite Nkoana-Mashabane‚ the Minister of International Relations and Cooperation and Ms Thembisile Majola‚ the Deputy Minister of Energy.

Source: RDM News Wire.

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