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China, South Africa to boost BRICS cooperation
February 20, 2017, 11:01 am

(From L to R) Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov, Indian Minister of State for External Affairs M.J. Akbar, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi, South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane and Brazilian Foreign Minister Jose Serra pose for a group photograph during a meeting of foreign ministers from the BRICS nations on the sidelines of a series of UN conferences in New York [Xinhua]

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi told his South African counterpart that Beijing will work to boost cooperation with the continent as outlined in the Johannesburg Summit two years ago.

South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane was in Beijing Sunday to discuss bilateral relations and promote inclusive and balanced globalization efforts as part of BRICS initiatives.

The BRICS 9th Summit, which is scheduled to be held in the resort city of Xiamen in east China’s Fujian Province in September, will focus on strengthening global governance.

The Summit will be under the theme “BRICS: Stronger Partnership for a Brighter Future” and look to complete the initiatives started at the Goa Summit last year.

Key issues will be furthering study on finalizing plans to establish an independent ratings agency which will appeal more to developing nations looking for fair criteria and assessments.

“Particularly on issues of major concerns and concerning their core interests, the two countries understand and firmly support each other, incessantly deepening their strategic partnership,” Wang said.

For her part, Nkoana-Mashabane said that South Africa valued its strategic partnership with China and wanted to “strengthen coordination in regional and international cooperation mechanisms including the BRICS”.

The BRICS Post with inputs from Agencies

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