The foreign ministers of China and South Africa vowed here Thursday to further develop friendly ties between the two countries.
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi told his South African counterpart Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma that his country stands ready to work with South Africa to continue the momentum of high-level exchanges, boost economic and trade cooperation, strengthen communication and coordination in international and regional affairs, and take the Sino-South African strategic partnership to a new high.
The two ministers were meeting on the sidelines of the 63rd session of the United Nations General Assembly.
Yang also offered his congratulations on the election of Kgalema Motlanthe as the new president of South Africa, expressing the conviction that the ruling party and the new government of South Africa are fully capable of maintaining the country's political stability and economic development.
Dlamini-Zuma, for her part, said the new South African government will continue to pursue friendly ties with China, adhere to the one-China policy, and stands ready to deepen bilateral cooperation in various fields.