The spokesperson of the Chinese Foreign Ministry said that President will go on an official visit to South Africa from August 21 to 24 to attend the BRICS summit in Johannesburg.

Iran PressAsia: Chinese President Xi Jinping will attend next week’s summit of the BRICS nations in Johannesburg, to be followed by a state visit to South Africa, the Foreign Ministry said Friday.

Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying also said in a statement that during his Aug. 21-24 visit to South Africa, Xi will co-chair the China-Africa Leaders’ Dialogue with his South African counterpart, Cyril Ramaphosa.

The visit will be Xi’s second international trip of 2023, after he travelled to Russia in March. The Chinese president previously visited South Africa in 2018 as he sought to enhance his country’s diplomatic and economic ties in Africa.

China is a core member of the BRICS nations, which also include Brazil, Russia and India. 219