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H.E Ambassador Lin Songtian Visits Headquarters of Independent Media Group

On November 9, 2017, H.E. Ambassador Lin Songtian visited the headquarters of Independent Media Group, and met with senior executives and editors in chief of the Group.

Ambassador Lin introduced the great achievements and significance of the 19th National Congress of the CPC. Ambassador Lin said that the 19th National Congress of the CPC has drawn up a new blueprint for its development, opened a new course for China's future development, elected a new generation of the CPC central leadership with Xi Jinping at its core, and established the historical position of Xi Jinping Thought on Socialism with Chinese Characteristics for a New Era, which will serve as the guiding thought that unites and leads the efforts of the CPC and the Chinese people going forward, and proposed a series of new goals and new concepts of China’s major country diplomacy with Chinese characteristics.

Ambassador Lin also introduced China's concept of democracy and human rights, historical achievements made in China's development, and the successful experience of reform, opening up and attracting foreign investment. He also put forward some constructive ideas on how to promote friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and South Africa. Ambassador Lin said that South Africa is the strongest economy in Africa, and boasts huge potential. Both sides should seize the opportunity to jointly push forward the cooperation in ten priority areas including infrastructure, human resources, manufacturing and processing industry, agriculture, tourism, marine economy, finance, security, people-to-people exchange and international cooperation, with the goal of making China-South Africa cooperation an excellent new model for South-South cooperation and a robust locomotive that leads Africa's industrialization. Ambassador Lin hoped mainstream media of South Africa could play an active role in friendly and mutually beneficial cooperation between China and South Africa.

The senior executives and editors in chief thanked for Ambassador Lin's presentation, and expressed willingness to strengthen friendly cooperation with the Chinese Embassy and play an active role to promote China-South Africa relations.

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