China: “Ramaphosa is the right president at the right time”

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Beijing’s top envoy in South Africa, Ambassador Lin Songtian on Thursday praised South Africa’s developmental ambitions, adding that with China’s support, President Cyril Ramaphosa has the potential to save millions of South Africans from the grips of poverty and unemployment.

“We are happy now the [May 8 general] election is concluded. Sometimes I tell my friends that I am confident with the prosperity of this country…the economy and social development. South Africa is not a poor country, it has very unique strengths for development,” Lin said while speaking to local and international journalists on the sidelines of a symposium hosted by the Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute in Pretoria.

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