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ANC President meets President Hu Jintao

12 June 2008

ANC President Jacob Zuma today (12 June 2008) held successful talks with the President of the People`s Republic of China and General Secretary of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC), Hu Jintao, in Beijing, China.

Zuma is on a two day visit to China to strengthen party-to-party relations between the ANC and the CPC.

He arrived in China today following a visit to India.

The two leaders emphasised the need to further develop relations between the two parties. They resolved to formalise contact through regular exchanges of visits and study groups, including cooperation on cadre training and development.

The ANC President said: "When we embarked on the armed struggle, China was amongst the first countries to provide tangible solidarity and support. It remains a key ally on the global stage and is a key partner as an emerging economic power. We also collaborate effectively in South to South relations.

"We have now felt it important to focus more vociferously on building party to party relations. When liberation movements are voted into government there is a tendency to emphasise inter-governmental relations to the exclusion of, or minimalisation of party to party relations. The visit is aimed at correcting that."

He said that the ANC saw scope for constructive work with the CPC: "As ruling parties in China and South Africa we have a responsibility to provide meaningful political content to the intergovernmental interactions."

Zuma also met with Wang Jiarui, Member of the Central Committee and Minister of International Development, and Li Yuanchao, Member of the Political Bureau and the Secretariat of the CPC Central Committee.

The ANC President also reiterated the ANC`s deepest condolences to the families of the victims of the earthquake in Sichuan province in China, and wished the injured a speedy recovery.

"We wish the CPC well in helping the population to recover from the trauma, and also in the reconstruction and development of the devastated areas," he said.

Zuma will tomorrow visit the commercial capital of Shanghai. He will interact with local business and deliver an address at a leadership academy.

Issued by:
Jessie Duarte
African National Congress

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