Pretoria – Former assistant overseas minister Chen Xiaodong has arrived in Pretoria to take the reins on the embassy as Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China to South Africa.
The place turned into vacant when former ambassador of China to South Africa Lin Songtian was once recalled to Beijing in March, ahead of global shuttle was once globally placed on cling amid the Covid-19 pandemic.
Chen, who has in the past visited South Africa as a Chinese executive legitimate, stated his new place as Beijing’s 6th ambassador to South Africa was once an “honour”.
“In the context of profound changes in the international situation and the Covid-19 pandemic unseen in a century, it is more imperative than ever for China and South Africa to strengthen solidarity and co-operation,” stated Chen on his arrival in Pretoria.
“As the new Chinese ambassador to South Africa at this special juncture, I am keenly aware of my responsibility and mission.
“I will do my utmost to fulfil my duties by working with friends from all walks of life in South Africa to strive for greater progress in China-South Africa relations.”
Chen stated in his earlier task as China’s assistant overseas minister chargeable for African affairs, he was once considering and witnessed the “sound and rapid development” of China-South Africa and China-Africa family members in all fields.
“President Xi Jinping co-chaired the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation and successfully exchanged visits with President Cyril Ramaphosa in 2018,” stated Chen.
“In June, the two heads of state jointly hosted the Extraordinary China-Africa Summit on Solidarity against Covid-19. They have also met many times on other bilateral and multilateral occasions and mapped out the blueprint for the development of China-South Africa and China-Africa relations.”
African News Agency (ANA)