Pretoria - President Cyril Ramaphosa received President Xi Jinping of the People’s Republic of China at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Tuesday. The state visit coincides with the 10th Brics summit which kicks of in Johannesburg on Wednesday.
The Chinese president's visit is aimed at strengthening strategic and historic political, economic, social and international cooperation partnership between South Africa and China. China is South Africa's biggest trade partner.
Xi, who arrived at the Waterkloof Air Force Base in Pretoria on Monday night, is the first world leader to arrive for the Brics summit to run from July 25 to 27.
The two heads of state were treated to a military parade before their meeting.