President Xi Jinping Speaks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on the Phone
On the evening of 8 April, President Xi Jinping spoke with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on the phone.
Xi noted the sympathies and support expressed in various forms by the South African government and people of all walks of life during China's fight against the COVID-19 outbreak. "Comradeship plus brotherhood" is what characterizes the special friendship between the two countries and the two parties. He reaffirmed China's firm support to South Africa in fighting COVID-19. China is prepared to help where it can in light of South Africa's needs, including sharing outbreak control experience and strengthening medical and health care cooperation. Xi expressed confidence that under the leadership of President Ramaphosa, the response measures put in place by the South African government will pay off. The Chinese government calls on Chinese nationals in South Africa to support and abide by local response measures, and hopes that the South African government will give top priority to protecting their safety, health and lawful rights. Xi also pointed out that China is ready to work with South Africa to enhance political mutual trust, show mutual understanding and support on issues concerning each other's core interests and major concerns, make greater progress in bilateral cooperation and work more closely under the BRICS, G20 and other frameworks.
Xi underscored that being a good brother of Africa through thick and thin, China has been closely monitoring the situation in Africa and has provided batches of assistance supplies to the African Union and all African countries with diplomatic ties to China. Chinese and African medical experts held multiple video conferences to share experience, and many Chinese businesses, localities and non-governmental agencies have been actively donating medical supplies to Africa. China will continue to support African countries, accelerate the development of the Africa CDC, enhance cooperation on public health and disease control, and help Africa beef up its disease control capacity. The international community, inspired by the vision of a community with a shared future for mankind, should strengthen solidarity, coordination and cooperation to stem the spread of the virus and protect people's safety and health. China is ready to work with South Africa to implement the outcomes reached at the Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit, and jointly advance international cooperation against COVID-19 to uphold public health security in Africa and the world at large.
Ramaphosa commended China's strong and effective steps to bring the outbreak under control and described them as exemplary and offering good experience for other countries. He thanked China for its long-standing support in various ways to South Africa and Africa as a whole. He said, China's valuable assistance to South Africa and African countries in fighting the virus at this testing time is of great importance and has strengthened Africa's confidence. He expressed readiness to work with President Xi Jinping to realize the consensus reached at the Extraordinary G20 Leaders' Summit and promote solidarity and cooperation across the world. He reaffirmed South Africa's continued support to China on issues concerning China's core interests and unwavering commitment to strengthening its relationship with China at all times as well as the broader Africa-China relations.