On February 19, 2017, Foreign Minister Wang Yi met in Beijing with visiting Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Maite Nkoana-Mashabane of South Africa.
Wang Yi expressed that with direct guidance from leaders of both countries and joint efforts made by both sides, both countries enjoy unprecedented profound political mutual trust, and have yielded fruitful results from mutually beneficial cooperation. China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership is running at a high level. Especially on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns, the two countries understand and firmly support each other, constantly enriching the connotation of bilateral strategic partnership. China is willing to work with South Africa to well hold the first meeting of the China-South Africa High-Level People-to-People and Cultural Exchange Mechanism, push forward the implementation of more outcomes from the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation in South Africa and other African countries, so as to better benefit the two countries and their peoples. China also stands ready to enhance coordination with South Africa and other member states to make good preparations for the BRICS Summit to be held in Xiamen in September, which will not only promote the common development and safeguard the common interests of BRICS countries, but also play an important role in advancing the economic globalization towards a more inclusive and balanced direction with shared benefits, as well as achieving rebalance in globalization.
Maite Nkoana-Mashabane said that South Africa attaches high importance to bilateral relations and regards China as an important strategic partner. The country is ready to, together with China, deepen political and strategic mutual trust, and strengthen coordination and collaboration in the BRICS and other international and regional cooperation mechanisms, in a bid to further lift bilateral comprehensive strategic partnership to a new stage.
Foreign Ministers of both countries also exchanged in-depth views on international and regional issues of common concern, and reached broad consensus.