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China expands sponsorship of SA students – official


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During a meeting held on Monday in Cape Town with her counterpart, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Nkoana-Mashabane said the South African government would continue to assess the first batch of about 60 scholars sent to China for study in various fields.

Jiechi and his delegation, which is expected to meet President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday, are here to help with preparations for the next (Brazil Russia India China South Africa) BRICS summit on 26 and 27 March in Durban.

Jiechi said China would welcome more students from South Africa, and encouraged more Chinese students to also come to study in South Africa.

He said China and South Africa had deepened relations on various fronts over the years, including those of education, social, economic and political issues.

Jiechi said annual China-South Africa trade had reached nearly US$60 billion and that the two countries had economies that were “highly complementary” to one another.

Nkoana-Mashabane invited Chinese companies to take full opportunity of the Square Kilometre Array (SKA) project, which South Africa is co-hosting with Australia.

South Africa and China set up their diplomatic relations 15 years ago.

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