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Xi Jinping Will Cover Many Bases During His Visit to South Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping is welcomed in Johannesburg by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Xi is attending the BRICS Summit being held in Johannesburg. @PresidencyZA

China’s President Xi Jinping’s visit to the BRICS summit also includes an official state visit to South Africa on Tuesday. Both governments emphasized their long relationship (this year marks 25 years of diplomatic ties) and said they want to deepen their comprehensive strategic partnership.

A letter from Xi was published in several South African newspapers on Monday. The text frames the relationship as emblematic of China’s wider commitment to the developing world:

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