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article imageSouth African President Zuma at World Expo in Shanghai

By Lee Labuschagne     Aug 26, 2010 in World
Shanghai - South African President Jacob Zuma today visited the World Expo in the city of Shanghai as part of his state visit to China.
According to GCIS, Zuma said South Africa's participation in the Shanghai World Expo would promote cultural exchanges between the two countries.
Earlier during the visit, the two countries undertook to advance bilateral cooperation in all areas after meetings between senior Chinese top legislator Wu Bangguo, Premier Wen Jiabao and Vice President Xi Jinping who met with Zuma separately.
"The comprehensive strategic partnership the two countries have established embodies the two sides' mutual trust and broad common interests," Wen said, adding that the Chinese government will work closely with the South Africa to map out action plans in various areas that will benefit the people.
Zuma, who is accompanied by about 350 business people, has urged China to use its position as the world's second-largest economy to demand greater reform of multilateral institutions to reflect the needs of developing countries.
Meanwhile, BuaNews reports Transport Minister Sibusiso Ndebele, who is part of the President's delegation, signed a ground-breaking agreement on railways and other transport-related matters with Chinese Railway Minister Liu Zhijun.
He said through improved railway services, "South Africa could move from being a developing country to a developed country by transporting people and goods efficiently, effectively and with the least cost to the environment and economy.
"We are confident that our friends in the world including the Chinese can help us leapfrog many stages on our journey to becoming a developed country," he continued.
Zhijun said his country was willing to share its expertise in the development of railways networks.
"We are willing to share this expertise with South Africa. We operate 86 000km of railway track, 7 000km of high speed rail, and we have 130 00 high-speed projects under construction.
"We operate the largest network of high-speed rail in the world. The Shanghai to Beijing railway line is the largest in the world, but in addition we are specialists in the development of highland rail, high speed rail, upgrading of networks and their maintenance," Zhijun contiued.
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