South Africa's Zuma meets Chinese leaders to talk about trade, enhancing economic ties

BEIJING, China – Chinese President Jacob Zuma is meeting with Chinese Premier Li Keqiang and other top leaders during a visit to Beijing focused on economic relations.

Zuma was accompanied on Thursday by seven Cabinet members, including the finance, trade and transport ministers.

China is South Africa’s largest trading partner and the two are members of the BRICS association of major emerging economies, along with Brazil, Russia and India.

Bilateral trade rose by 32 per cent last year to 270 billion rand ($24 billion), heavily weighted in China’s favour. South Africa imports manufactured goods from China, while the vast majority of its exports to China were raw materials.

China is also interested in South African infrastructure deals, including plans to expand its nuclear power capacity.