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Vol 3 (AAC) No 11

Published 1st September 2010

South Africa

Relations have never been better

If only half of the recent deals signed by China and South Africa come to fruition, they promise to revolutionise Africa's biggest economy

From energy and construction to transport and agriculture, President Jacob Zuma's 23-26 August trip to China has garnered billions of dollars in potential investments across the economic spectrum. The size of the South African delegation - 17 cabinet members and almost 400 businessmen - was commensurate with the importance South Africa attached to the visit. Beijing is also backing South Africa's plans to join the select group of Brazil, Russia, India and China (BRIC), the counterbalance to North American and European political and economic dominance.

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