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China, South Africa vow to enhance comprehensive cooperation

BEIJING, Sept. 29 (Xinhua) -- China and South Africa vowed to enhance comprehensive cooperation in a meeting between Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao and South African Vice President Kgalema Motlanthe on Thursday.

Speaking highly of the bilateral cooperation in recent years, Wen said China and South Africa should continue to support and assist each other, improve communication and coordination, and better safeguard the common interests of the two countries and other developing countries.

Wen said China welcomes South African exports to China, and will encourage Chinese companies and financial institutes to participate in South Africa's infrastructure construction on transportation, energy and communication, and support the two sides to expand cooperation in new energy and renewable energy, manufacturing, green economy and agriculture.

China will also enhance exchanges with South Africa in education, culture and health, the premier said.

He also emphasized the important role South Africa plays in promoting China-Africa friendship and cooperation, saying China will work with South Africa to inject new vitality into the China-Africa strategic partnership.

Motlanthe said South Africa attached great importance to relations with China. The country will strengthen bilateral high-level visits and people-to-people exchanges at all levels, enhance mutual understanding and friendship, expand cooperation in trade, investment, aviation and tourism, and strengthen coordination and cooperation on regional and international affairs, so as to promote the bilateral ties and Africa-China relations.


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