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China Unveils Nelson Mandela Statue To Mark Diplomatic Relations With South Africa

A bust sculpture of , known as Madiba in , was unveiled at the Beijing Jintai Arts Museum to commemorate 100 years since Mandela’s birth. It was also used to mark 20 years of diplomatic relations between and .

The bust and inscription were contributed to by the SA Embassy in Beijing and Consulates General in Shanghai and Hong Kong. SA Minister of Arts and Culture Mr. Nathi Mthethwa was present as a guest of honor alongside other senior government officials.

During the unveiling, the national anthems of the Republic of and the People’s Republic of were played, and a number of guests placed flowers under the statue.

2018 marks 100 years since the birth of . The former South African President is globally renowned for his selfless contribution to the global struggle against oppression and the fight against apartheid in .
“Globally, Madiba is renowned for his role as a great negotiator and a living symbol of reconciliation. He is a symbol of unity in a country, , which is courageously grappling with the legacy of a vicious past,” Mthethwa said during his speech.

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He explained that when Mandela and his compatriots were jailed for life in 1964, was among the countries that sent protest notes and called for their release. Subsequently, was one of the countries that Mandela visited after his release from prison. Given the historical ties between and , said Mthethwa, it was Mandela who embraced and ultimately promoted the one- diplomatic policy, which saw and establish diplomatic relations on Jan. 1, 1998.

During her speech before the unveiling, Ambassador Dolana Msimang said, “It is most fitting that we celebrate our 20 year anniversary together with Madiba’s centenary, as he was the main architect who built, shaped and nurtured our relations with China.”

Source: Lindaikeji’s blog

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