Message of ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa during the Communist Party of China and World Political Parties Summit
6 July 2021
General Secretary of the Communist Party of China, President Xi Jinping,
Members of the Central Committee of the CPC,
Leaders from political parties,
Comrades and friends,
It is a great honour and privilege, on behalf of the African National Congress, to convey to the Communist Party of China revolutionary salutations on the great and solemn occasion of its centenary.
This is a joyous occasion for the people not only of China, but of the world.
For us as South Africans, this is a particularly auspicious moment, because we are this month celebrating the 100th anniversary of the formation of the South African Communist Party, a revolutionary organisation that played a central role in our struggle for freedom and democracy.
We are here today representing different movements from different parts of the globe, but we share a common desire for peace, understanding and progress.
Many of us who are participating in this summit owe a great debt of gratitude to the CPC for its unwavering support and solidarity as we have fought for liberation and as we have worked to develop our nations.
We applaud the CPC’s internationalist policies, which over the course of many decades have promote multinationalism, understanding and peace.
As Africans, we deeply appreciate the progressive policies that China has pursued in supporting the development of our continent and the aspirations of our people.
Through measures like the Belt and Road Initiative and extensive skills development, China continues to support economic reform, infrastructure development, enhanced trade and greater integration among African economies.
We therefore welcome and commend the declaration by President Xi Jinping that:
“The Party will continue to work with all peace-loving countries and peoples to promote the shared human values of peace, development, fairness, justice, democracy, and freedom.”
We concur with President Xi that we must continue working to promote the building of a human community with a shared future.
As the world confronts the coronavirus pandemic, we are called upon to give material effect to the principles of solidarity, unity and compassion.
We are called upon to use our multilateral institutions to bridge the huge divide that exists between wealthy countries and poorer nations in access to medicines, vaccines, diagnostics and other essential supplies.
At this moment, we need to work together as never before to ensure that no person is denied access to a COVID-19 vaccine because of where in the world they live, because of their gender, race or language, or because of their personal circumstances.
As political parties from across the world, we need to take a firm stance against vaccine nationalism, not only because it is morally indefensible, but because it will defer for many years the end of this pandemic.
As the African continent, we are seeking the support of the nations of the world for our efforts to secure vaccines for our citizens, to develop our own vaccine manufacturing capacity and to secure a TRIPS waiver at the WTO to rapidly expand global vaccine production.
We would like to use this opportunity to thank the Government and people of China for the generous provision of vaccines, personal protective equipment and other vital supplies for our continental response to COVID-19.
We listened with intent as President Xi explained the journey of building a moderately prosperous China, the realisation of the first centenary goal.
We are inspired by the progress that China has made to eradicate absolute poverty in the largest developing economy on the planet.
The historic achievements of the CPC have been made possible because it has placed the needs and interests of the people at the centre of its work.
We wholeheartedly endorse the statement by President Xi Jinping that:
“The people are the true heroes, for it is they who create history.”
As the African National Congress, we are honoured to have a strategic relationship with the Communist Party of China as a true and valued friend.
I thank you.