President Cyril Ramaphosa has arrived in Beijing, China on a state visit. The President will also co-chair the two day meeting of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation.

The President is accompanied by 10 Cabinet ministers.

He will kick off his visit with a state visit on Sunday.

President Ramaphosa is on a reciprocal visit following the Chinese president’s trip to South Africa last month.

The two countries have elevated their relations to a comprehensive strategic relationship.

Before commencing the official programme he will start by laying a wreath at the Monument of the People’s Heroes in Tiananmen Square.

This will be in remembrance of those who lost their lives in the Chinese people’s wars for liberation, independence and freedom.

He will later meet the Chinese Premier Li Keqiang at the Diaoyutai Guest House.

He will then attend a welcome ceremony by President Xi Jinping at the Great Hall of the People. The two countries enjoy cordial relations with over ten agreements signed in July.

The two presidents will assess the implementation of these agreements and find ways of strengthening them.