SA can learn from China - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma has welcomed China to South Africa as the Brics summit kicks off today.

President Jacob Zuma. Picture: Taurai Maduna/EWN.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday said poverty, unemployment and inequality are problems that bring South Africa and China closer in a relationship that is growing from strength to strength.

Zuma is hosting Chinese President Xi Jinping ahead of the Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (Brics) summit that kicks off in Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, on Tuesday.

The two leaders watched over the signing of deals relating to education, infrastructure and economic development.

Zuma devoted a large part of his speech to the history between the two nations.

"The visit will forever bear a special significance to all South Africans."

Amidst concerns that the relationship between China and South Africa is unbalanced, Zuma's tone was warm and welcoming.

"The People's Republic of China has achieved a lot of success in a short time and it is incumbent to learn from their achievements."

The two presidents did not take questions from journalists.