President Xi Jinping Sends a Letter of Condolence to President Jacob Zuma on the Sad Passing of Former South African President Nelson Mandela

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On Dec. 6, 2013, President Xi Jinping sent a letter of condolence to South African President Jacob Zuma on the sad passing of Mr. Nelson Mandela, the first president of new South Africa.

President Xi Jinping, on behalf of the Chinese government and people and in his own name, conveyed deep condolences on the said passing of Mr. Nelson Mandela and sincere consolations to his families. In the letter of condolence, President Xi said that Mr. Mandela is a world-renowned statesman. He has led the South African people, through years of arduous and extraordinary efforts, to win the struggle against apartheid and has made historic contributions to the birth and development of a new South Africa.

Xi Jinping pointed out that Mr. Mandela is one of the founders of China-South Africa relations. He visited China twice in his lifetime and was committed to advancing China-South Africa friendly cooperation in different areas. The Chinese people will always remember his exceptional contributions to the development of China-South Africa relations and the progress of mankind.

Xi Jinping reaffirmed the will to keep working with President Jacob Zuma to consolidate and develop the comprehensive partnership between China and South Africa and to carry on the friendship.