Xi Telephoned South African President and Cambodian Prime Minister Respectively
2022-03-19 15:14

On the afternoon of March 18th, Chinese President Xi Jinping had a telephone conversation with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that China and South Africa have a special friendly relationship of "comrades plus brothers". Consolidating and developing China-South Africa relations is of great significance to leading China-Africa relations and solidarity and cooperation among developing countries. China is willing to work with South Africa to push China-South Africa relations towards higher quality, wider field and deeper level. The two sides should continue to firmly support each other on issues involving each other's core interests and major concerns, step up the implementation of the "Nine Projects" of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation, implement the Strategic Plan for Ten-Year Cooperation between China and South Africa, and promote new achievements in bilateral cooperation in various fields. China welcomes the export of more South African high-quality products to China, supports the two sides to expand cooperation in new energy, e-commerce and other emerging fields, encourages Chinese enterprises to carry out investment cooperation in South Africa, and helps South Africa achieve the development goal of the New Investment Initiative. China is willing to discuss vaccine production cooperation with South Africa and support South Africa and African countries in fighting the epidemic.

 

Xi Jinping emphasized that China, as the chair of BRICS this year, is willing to work with South Africa to promote the BRICS cooperation mechanism to maintain its development momentum, build a more comprehensive, close, pragmatic and inclusive high-quality partnership, realize the self-development of member countries, and promote stronger, greener and healthier global development. China is willing to adhere to true multilateralism with all parties, safeguard international fairness and justice, safeguard the legitimate rights and common interests of emerging market countries and developing countries, make positive contributions to promoting the stable recovery of the world economy, and promote the building of a community with shared future for mankind.

 

Ramaphosa said that I would like to once again send my best wishes to the centennial birthday of the Communist Party of China and congratulate China on successfully hosting the Beijing Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympics. China is a reliable and true partner and friend of South Africa and African countries, and thanks China for adhering to its fair position and providing valuable help to help South Africa and African countries overcome difficulties together. South Africa firmly adheres to the one-China policy and firmly supports China's position on major issues related to Tibet. At this difficult time in the world, South Africa hopes to keep close contact with China, consolidate friendship, continue the fine tradition of mutual support and help between the two countries, and deepen pragmatic cooperation between South Africa and China in various fields and comprehensive strategic cooperation between Africa and China. South Africa supports China's work as the BRICS presidency this year and looks forward to the success of this year's BRICS Leaders' Meeting.

 

The leaders of the two countries also exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine. Both sides agreed that China and South Africa have very similar positions on the Ukrainian issue, and sovereign countries have the right to decide their own positions independently, and support Russia and Ukraine to maintain the momentum of peace talks and resolve disputes through dialogue and negotiation. The leaders of the two countries expressed their willingness to strengthen communication and coordination in this regard.

 

On the afternoon of March 18th, President Xi Jinping had a telephone conversation with Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen.

 

Xi Jinping pointed out that with the joint efforts of China and Cambodia, China-Cambodia relations have stood the test and become more and more unbreakable. Facing the changes in the world in the past century and the epidemic situation in the century, China and Cambodia have firmly promoted the building of a community of destiny and set a good example for building a new type of international relations. The two sides should jointly build a "the belt and road initiative" with high quality, accelerate the construction of large projects such as expressways, airports and special economic zones, and expand cooperation in emerging fields such as finance and digital economy. We should make good use of the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement and China-Cambodia Free Trade Agreement to push bilateral trade to a new level. China will increase imports of Cambodia's high-quality agricultural products, carry out more people's livelihood cooperation with Cambodia, and implement rural roads, education and other projects to help Cambodia's agricultural development and farmers get rid of poverty. China will continue to support Cambodia in fighting the epidemic and explore with Cambodia a new mode of people-to-people exchanges between the two countries under the situation of novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic.

 

Xi Jinping emphasized that China firmly supports ASEAN's central position in the regional cooperation framework, supports ASEAN to play a greater role in regional and international affairs, supports Cambodia as the rotating presidency of ASEAN this year, and is willing to work with Cambodia and ASEAN countries to promote the continuous development of China-ASEAN comprehensive strategic partnership.

 

Hun Sen expressed sincere congratulations on China's successful hosting of the Beijing Winter Olympics and Paralympics and the successful convening of the National People's Congress. I believe that under the strong leadership of President Xi Jinping, China will achieve more great achievements. The rapid growth of bilateral trade between Cambodia and China and the smooth progress of the construction of large projects within the framework of "the belt and road initiative" show the achievements of Cambodia-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership and the construction of Cambodia-China destiny community, and show that Cambodia and China are true hardcore brothers. Cambodia firmly adheres to the one-China policy and firmly supports China's position on issues related to Taiwan and Xinjiang. Cambodia is willing to take the 65th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries next year as an opportunity to deepen exchanges and cooperation in economy, trade, agriculture, humanities and other fields, promote the joint construction of the "the belt and road initiative", and raise Cambodia-China comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership to a new level. I would like to thank China for providing materials and vaccines to Cambodia in fighting the novel coronavirus pneumonia epidemic, and hope to continue to strengthen cooperation in fighting the epidemic. As the rotating presidency of ASEAN this year, Cambodia is willing to continue to actively promote the development of ASEAN-China relations.

 

The leaders of the two countries also exchanged views on the situation in Ukraine. Both sides agreed that they should uphold a balanced and fair position and make active efforts to persuade peace and promote talks.