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South Africa, China Ink Trade Deals Ahead of Xi Visit

A file image of China's Commerce Minister Wang Wentao, who led the signing of a raft of trade deals between China and South Africa. Image: Tobias Schwarz / AFP

South Africa and China signed about $2.2 billion in new trade and economic deals ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s upcoming visit to Johannesburg next week. Xi will be in town for both the BRICS summit and a bilateral state visit.

The deals were signed during a trip by China’s Commerce Minister Wang Wentao late last week. South Africa’s Trade, Industry and Competition Minister Ebrahim Patel told reporters that: “China agreed to partner South Africa’s efforts to industrialize further and to transition to a greener manufacturing economy.”

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