Hon House Chair, South Africa's relationship with China is one of a promise and opportunity for both nations. In the last course of the last decade, trade relations have rapidly expanded, with China now our largest trading partner. The South Africa- China Bi-National Commission scheduled to take place from 31 October to 3 November 2019 will help to further strengthen these relations. The working visit by the Deputy President of South Africa and a delegation he is
leading takes place in the context of strengthening South Africa's cooperation and consolidating the already existing bilateral relations between South Africa and China.
Our agenda of building mutually beneficial relations remains a fundamental pillar of South Africa's foreign policy. China is a central partner and a fraternal friend that continues to support the development agenda of our country and continent. Our relations with China have achieved a leapfrog development from a partnership to a strategic partnership and then to a comprehensive strategic ... [Time expired.] Thank you very much.