Beijing - Chinese ambassador to South Africa Lin Songtian says China is ready to support efforts made by South Africa to become a locomotive and production base for African industrialization and modernization.
Songtian was reacting to the second Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation (BRF) summit held in the capital city Beijing last week.
Held under the theme; Belt and Road Cooperation, Shaping a Shared Brighter Future, the summit was attended by a total of 38 heads of state and government including UN secretary-general António Guterres and International Monetary Fund managing director Christine Lagarde.
According to Songtian, plans to make SA the ultimate pilot country for synergising the Belt and Road Initiative with Africa's development, would ensure this country achieves early development.
"China is committed to being the most reliable and important cooperative partner for South Africa to achieve socio-economic transformation and development..." he said.