Nuclear deal on agenda for Zuma's China visit

President Jacob Zuma is meeting his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing today.

President Jacob Zuma with members of his delegation during a bilateral meeting with China Premier Li Keqiang at the Great Hall of the People in the People's Republic of China. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - President Jacob Zuma is meeting his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping in Beijing today on the first day of a state visit to China.

Earlier, he met with Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang who praised South Africa's commitment to relations between the two Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa (BRICS) members.

Bilateral trade between South Africa rose 32 percent last year to R270 billion, prompting Zuma to tell Keqiang that it's time to inject new impetus into relations between the countries.

Zuma and the seven Cabinet ministers with him have the sale of a nuclear power station on the discussion cards.

China is competing with France and Russia for the deal.

South Africa is due to co-chair the China Africa Cooperation Forum next year.