By Sheng Bingbing
China’s development leading to the lifting of more than 800 million people out of poverty in just several decades is a truly remarkable achievement and inspiration, said Siyavuya Mzantsi, Editor of Cape Times, while addressing a Book Review Seminar on the third volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China at the Newspaper House in Cape Town on September 28. Mzantsi pointed out that China’s global efforts to foster development, in Africa in particular, have seen the injection of funds and introduction of advanced technologies, along with creation of new jobs, in the continent.
“This may be seen as a consolidation of the historical friendship between the Chinese people and the people of Africa,” he said.
Book Review Seminar on the third volume of Xi Jinping: The Governance of China (SHENG BINGBING)
Hosted by Beijing Review Africa Bureau and co-organized by the Independent Media Group of South Africa and Global Max Media Group, the event was also attended by Councilor Anwar Adams, President of the Democratic Independent Party of South Africa; Iris Wu, Co-Director of the Confucius Institute at the University of the Western Cape; and Ni Yanshuo, Chief Reporter of Beijing Review Africa Bureau.
Siyavuya Mzantsi speaks at the seminar (SHENG BINGBING)
Councilor Adams stated that it is of great importance for the government to always put the needs of the people at the center of its work. “Taking China as an example, the upliftment of millions of people out of poverty was only achievable through the combined efforts of the whole nation. This was because the government put the people’s needs as its first priority,” he noted.
Anwar Adams at the seminar (SHENG BINGBING)
Wu, in her keynote speech, highlighted the importance of China making joint efforts with South Africa and Africa in general in various fields, using China-Africa solidarity against the COVID-19 pandemic as an example. She stated that South Africa has not fought against COVID-19 alone in the past several months. China has provided financial support, medical equipment, knowledge and expertise, and stayed in solidarity with the people of South Africa. The book clearly indicates the reasons behind China’s willingness to always help others, especially African countries.
Iris Wu speaks at the seminar (SHENG BINGBING)
In his closing remarks, Ni stated that since the 19th National Congress of the Communist Party of China in October 2017, Xi has put forward many ideas drawn from his experiences in governance in the new era, charting the course in tune with the times and further enriching the theoretical base of the Party. This book is not about abstract concepts and political jargon. Rather, it tells the philosophy behind the governance of China, a country with 1.4 billion people; reflects on the concrete measures taken to eradicate absolute poverty throughout the country by the end of this year, despite the negative impact brought by COVID-19, shows how China has gradually developed itself into the world’s second-largest economy; illustrates how China fights corruption and ensures clean governance; and highlights how the country raises the awareness of its citizens about the preservation of its ecological environment.
Ni Yanshuo shares his views on reading the book at the seminar (SHENG BINGBING)
The book is now available in South Africa in Exclusive Books stores and loot.co.za. “This book can help South African people better understand China,” added Ni.
At the end of the event, copies of the book were gifted to the guest speakers and the audience. Beijing Review Africa Bureau also donated 5,000 surgical masks to Independent Media Group to aid fellow journalists in their fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.
(Reporting from Cape Town, South Africa)