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South African, Chinese Communist Party Officials Meet in Beijing

The General Secretary of the South African Communist Party, Solly Afrika Mapaila, met on April 18, 2023 with the Liu Jianchao, director of the international liaison department of the CPC. Image via the Central Committee of the CPC.

The head of South Africa’s Communist Party, Solly Afrika Mapaila, met the director of the CPC’s international liaison department, Liu Jianchao, on Tuesday in Beijing. 

From the gist of the read-out of the meeting, it does not appear that the meeting was anything more than a meet and greet. Nonetheless, it highlights how Chinese diplomacy in Africa and elsewhere often operates on two parallel tracks: one driven by the state and the other by Party. (STRAIGHT TO AFRICA — in Chinese)

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