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Ambassador Chen Xiaodong met with General Secretary of the South African Communist Party and Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande
2021/07/15

On July 14, Ambassador Chen Xiaodong met with General Secretary of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Minister of Higher Education, Science and Innovation Blade Nzimande via video link.

Ambassador Chen warmly congratulated the SACP’s centenary and wished the SACP would make greater contribution to the well-being of the South African people. Ambassador Chen said that China is ready to continue to strengthen vaccine cooperation with South Africa and work for the early benefits of Chinese vaccines for the South African people. It is important for all countries around the world to strengthen solidarity and coordination, oppose bad-faith attempts including associating the virus with certain countries and regions, and related moves of stigmatization. It is important to keep global source-tracing efforts on a sound course based on science.

Dr. Nzimande warmly congratulated the CPC’s centenary and made positive comments on the outcomes of the CPC and World Political Parties Summit. He said the SACP is ready to continue to deepen relations with the CPC and make contribution to building a better world.

Dr. Nzimande, on behalf of the SACP, firmly supported China’s principled position on the issue of COVID-19 source-tracing and condemned the United States for using this issue to attack and smear China. He also said that the South African government highly appreciates the important role of China in fighting against the pandemic, called on the international community to stay united in the fight against the virus, and reiterated that South Africa is ready to strengthen cooperation with China under the framework of the World Health Organization(WHO). The South African side thanked China for its open, transparent and fruitful cooperation with the WHO on COVID-19 source-tracing, opposed some countries’ attempts to politicize scientific issues for political gains, moves to pressure the WHO as well as any unilateral actions that serve the interests of individual countries.

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