Minister Mashabane presents the award to Ambassador Tian Xuejun
Ambassador Tian Xuejun gives an address
Ambassador Tian Xuejun gives an interview to Ubuntu Radio
Group photos of Ambassador Tian Xuejun and guests
On the night of Feb 11, the Department of International Relations and Cooperation hosted the third annual Ubuntu Awards at Cape Town. Minister Mashabane presented the Ubuntu O.R Tambo Excellence in Diplomacy Award to Ambassador Tian Xuejun.
In her remarks, Minister Mashabane spoke highly of Ambassador Tian's contribution and commitment to the development of China-South Africa friendship and cooperation as well as the implementation of the outcomes of FOCAC Joburg Summit. She said Ambassador Tian is an outstanding representative of diplomatic envoys in South Africa.
In his address of thanks, Ambassador Tian said the honour is not only a recognition of his work and that of all his colleagues at the Chinese Embassy in South Africa, but also a manifestation of the friendship of President Zuma and the South African government and people towards China and the Chinese people. And most importantly, it is a testimony to the prosperity and sound development of China-South Africa relations. Over the past five years, Chinese President Xi Jinping has paid state visit to South Africa twice and co-chaired with President Zuma the perfect and extraordinary Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, which mapped out the blueprint for future China-Africa cooperation. During the same period, President Zuma also visited China for three times. Thanks to the guidance and support from both Presidents, China-South Africa relations have been lifted from the strategic partnership to the comprehensive strategic partnership. The bilateral relationship has embarked on a fast track of all-round development and is getting stronger than ever before. With the joint efforts from both sides, China-South Africa relations will yield more fruitful results in the years to come.
Over 500 guests including ministers, deputy ministers and members of the parliament, celebrities from various social sectors and diplomatic envoys in South Africa attended the ceremony. The guests congratulated Ambassador Tian on winning the award.
The ceremony was broadcasted by the South African Broadcasting Corporation to the whole world. At the ceremony, Ambassador Tian also gave an interview to the Ubuntu Radio Station.