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By HE Ambassador Lin Songtian of China to SA The year 2018 is an important year for China, as well as for China-South Africa and China-Africa relations. This year marks the 69th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, the 40th anniversary of China’s reform and opening up, and the 5th anniversary of the launching of Belt and Road Initiative. This year, the Chinese President Xi Jinping paid his third state visit to South Africa and attended the 10th BRICS Johannesburg Summit. This year, President Cyril Ramaphosa paid his first state visit to China where he co-chaired with President Xi Jinping the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Beijing Summit. 1. The reform and opening up has brought prosperity to China, and also new hope and greater opportunities for the world. China used to be a victim of closing doors and false pride. During the Tang, Song and Ming dynasties, which span across a millennium from 600-1600 AD, China had maintained from now and then an ...

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