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Xi says China, S. Africa ‘at new historical starting point’ on BRICS visit: state media

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President Xi Jinping said Tuesday that China and South Africa were “standing at a new historical starting point” as he met his counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa in Pretoria on a visit to attend a BRICS summit.

“Today, standing at a new historical starting point, inheriting friendship, deepening cooperation, and strengthening coordination are the common aspirations of the two countries, and are also the important tasks entrusted to us by the times,” Xi said, according to a readout from state broadcaster CCTV.

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