Fresh from signing 26 trade deals worth R94 billion with China, president Jacob Zuma has praised the country’s contribution to peacekeeping in Africa, and the world.
President Zuma also thanked the Asian country, South Africa’s biggest trade partner, by waiving visa requirements for Chinese diplomats entering the country.
News24 reported that China had participated in around 16 United Nations peacekeeping missions in Africa and currently had 2,000 peacekeeping personnel on the ground.
“We appreciate this commitment to peace, development and progress.
“It gives practical meaning to the belief of President Xi [Jinping] that China’s military capability must be utilised to achieve peace,” Zuma told the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation at the Sandton Convention Centre.
“Tragically, we are… witnessing increasing incidents of terrorism in parts of our continent, France and elsewhere,” he said.
“There can be no lasting military solution to this problem. It needs political, social and economic solutions to ensure sustainability.”
Earlier Jinping said China supported the settlement of African issues by Africans in the African way.
Addressing the opening ceremony of the China-Africa summit, on Friday, Zuma said China’s position globally is for peace and development.
“The strength of China is there to defend the vulnerables, is there to ensure there is no more any war in the world,” Zuma said.