SPLM delegation visits China
Talks to improve inter-party cooperation with China's ruling party...
Zhengzhou (Apr 20) – A high level delegation from the Sudan Peoples’ Liberation Movement (SPLM) is touring the People’s Republic of China to hold bilateral talks with the Communist Party of China (CPC) aimed at improving cooperation and cross-party exchanges.
The delegation comprising of 10 members and headed by Cde. Antipas Nyok, SPLM Secretary for Political Affairs and Mobilization is expected to spend 14 days in China where they will study and get to know CPC’s experiences in party building, CPC’s organization of party basic levels, Chinese experiences and approaches in economic development and other issues relevant to the SPLM and ambitions to propel the new Republic of South Sudan into economic prosperity.
The delegation has already held a series of talks with leaders of CPC at various levels as well as visited a couple of successful projects planned and implemented by the CPC.
Welcoming the delegation on 13th April in Beijing, Mr Chao Weidong, Deputy Director-General at the International Department of the Central Committee of the CPC said his party acknowledges the historic responsibility shouldered by the SPLM to lead the new nation and is prepared to lend a helping hand to overcome challenges.
(L) Cde. Antipas Nyok, head of the SPLM delegation to China being welcomed by Mr. Chao Weidong (R), Deputy Director-General at the International Department of the Central Committee of the CPC
“The SPLM has proven to the world that it is capable of leading the people of South Sudan. We commend the peaceful exercise of the Referendum, and respect and support the choice of the people of South Sudan,” he said.
The delegation also met other party leaders from the different organizational and party structure. One message that was resonated during all the meetings was that the CPC and the SPLM share a lot of similarities, prime among them is that both peoples fought a revolutionary struggle and struggled to transform into to a ruling political party – a challenge the CPC says they can help the SPLM tackle.
(L) Cde. Antipas Nyok meeting with the Vice-Minister of the International Department of the Central Committee of the CPC Mr. Li Jinjun and
(R) a group photo of the SPLM delegation after a lecture on party building
This is the first visit of its kind after the referendum. According to the CPC, similar cross-party visits will soon follow after the two brotherly parties seal their friendship in a memorandum of understanding (MOU) expected to be signed by top leaders of both parties at a date yet to be determined.
The delegation is expected complete the study visit and return to Juba sometime this weekend.