Zuma arrives in Beijing

The president is accompanied by his wife Sizakele and 7 members of his Cabinet.

President Jacob Zuma and his wife Sizakele arrive at Beijing Capital Airport in the People's Republic of China. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma has arrived in Beijing on a state visit to China.

He will spend two days there accompanied by his economic ministers and a trade delegation.

China has become South Africa's largest trading partner.

Zuma's visit is designed to underscore and enhance this vital economic relationship.

The president says one of the major objectives of the state visit is to ensure that relations with China remain central to realising the developmental agenda through foreign policy, as South Africa increases efforts to implement the National Development Plan cooperating in the areas of agriculture, environmental affairs, trade and industry and finance.

He will be meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping.

Zuma's accompanied by seven members of his Cabinet.