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CPC ready to deepen cooperation with African National Congress

Xinhua

BLOEMFONTEIN - The Communist Party of China (CPC) is ready to deepen exchanges and cooperation with South Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) to boost the two countries' comprehensive strategic partnership, a senior Chinese official has said.

Li Yuanchao, a member of the Political Bureau of the CPC Central Committee, led a senior delegation to attend the ANC's centenary celebration ceremony in the central city of Bloemfontein.

On behalf of the CPC, Li on Sunday conveyed the warmest felicitations and comradely greetings to the ANC centenary.

He positively appraised ANC's glorious history since its establishment and wishes ANC more success in furthering the national democratic revolution.

Li said that the CPC and ANC have forged a profound traditional friendship and the inter-party friendship has become the political cornerstone for relations between South Africa and China.

ANC President and South African President Jacob Zuma welcomed the CPC delegation's attendance at his party's centenary celebrations and appreciated the CPC's long time support and help to ANC.

He also expressed the willingness to deepen cooperation between the two ruling parties for the benefit of the two peoples.

ANC is Africa's oldest liberation movement which was formed in 1912 in Bloemfontein.

It has become South Africa's governing political party, supported by its tripartite alliance with the Congress of South African Trade Unions and the South African Communist Party, since the establishment of non-racial democracy in the country in April 1994.