Guo Jinlong, member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee and Secretary of the CPC Beijing Municipal Committee held working talks here on March 26th with Gwede Mantashe, Secretary-General of the African National Congress (ANC), the ruling party of South Africa.
Guo said that since China and South Africa established diplomatic relations 19 years ago, the development of bilateral relations has enjoyed a strong momentum. Both countries have yielded fruitful results from practical cooperation in various fields. Bilateral relations are at the best period in history. The CPC and the ANC are good friends and brothers. In recent years, with personal care of top leaders of both parties, both sides have established institutionalized exchanges, conducted frequent and close high-level exchanges, and continuously deepened exchanges of experience on state governance and administration. The two parties have always supported each other in international and regional affairs especially on issues concerning each other's core interests. China is willing to work with South Africa to further enhance communication and cooperation between the two parties, and learn from each other's experience on party governance and state administration, so as to constantly elevate China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership to new stages.
Mantashe said that the traditional friendship between the ANC and the CPC has a long history, remains unshakable and becomes even firmer as time goes by. The ANC benefits a lot from exchanges and cooperation between both parties, and thanks China for helping the ANC to enhance cadre training and ruling capacity construction. The ANC is willing to make joint efforts with China to well implement the memorandum of understanding on exchanges and cooperation between both parties, so as to continue to uplift the level of relations between both parties.
During the visit, Guo also met with Blade Nzimande, General Secretary of the South African Communist Party and David Makhura, Premier of Gauteng Province, and inspected related bilateral cooperation projects.