Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao (R) shakes hands with Solly Mapaila, the second deputy general secretary of South African Communist Party, in Beijing, capital of China, May 6, 2013. Li met with a delegation of the South African Communist Party headed by Solly Mapaila here on Monday. (Xinhua/Ma Zhancheng)
BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Vice President Li Yuanchao on Monday met with a delegation of the South African Communist Party headed by its second deputy general secretary Solly Mapaila.
Li thanked Mapaila during the meeting for his offer of condolences over the recent earthquake in Lushan County of southwest China's Sichuan Province.
Noting that China attaches great importance to developing relations with South Africa, Li said his country is willing to work with South Africa to implement the agreements reached by the two state leaders and strengthen pragmatic cooperation in all fields.
Li, also a member of the Political Bureau of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of China, said his party is willing to exchange governance experience with the South African Communist Party, upgrade the two parties' relations and advance the development of the China-South Africa comprehensive strategic partnership.
Mapaila said his party is ready for enhancing communication and cooperation between the two parties and keen for the two sides to learn from each other.
He also said his party will make efforts in deepening the friendship between the two peoples.