Chinese defence minister Chang Wanquan has called for greater bilateral cooperation between China and South Africa during a meeting with General Solly Shoke, chief of the South African National Defence Force (SANDF), on Wednesday.
Chang hailed defence ties between the two countries and said that both sides should seek strategic and long-term cooperation in the field of defence and should also learn from each other, reports Xinhua.
Shoke said South Africa is willing to further expand defence cooperation with China to push forward bilateral relationship.
The day before the meeting, Shoke and Wang Guanzhong, deputy chief of General Staff of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army, co-chaired the sixth meeting of the China-South Africa Defence Committee.
“Both sides agreed to fully implement the consensus reached by the leaders of the two countries, promote high-level visits and personnel exchanges between the two armed forces, expand pragmatic communication and cooperation so as to push forward China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership,” according to Xinhua.