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‘Media a major player in fostering relations between Africa & China’

Heads of media in both countries have gathered in Cape Town for the China-Africa Media Summit.

Minister Jeff Radebe & China's Minister of State Information, Jiang Jiangou, at China-Africa media summit. Picture: Gaye Davis/EWN.

CAPE TOWN - Minister in the Presidency, Jeff Radebe, says the media has a pivotal role to play in deepening relations between China and Africa.

Radebe's told Eyewitness News that the future lies with China.

He was speaking on the sidelines of the China-Africa Media Summit taking place in Cape Town today.

It's brought together heads of African and Chinese media houses, ahead of the forum on China-Africa cooperation taking place in Johannesburg later this week.

As Chinese and African leaders get ready to mark the 15th anniversary of the forum on China-Africa Cooperation in Johannesburg this week, heads of media houses are gathered in Cape Town to cement ties.

Minister Radebe says the media can help foster and deepen relations between the two countries.

"The media must play a very critical, pivotal role in disseminating information and also to hold governments to be accountable as the fourth estate."

China is South Africa's largest trading partner. Over the past 15 years, china's trade with Africa has grown from around $10 billion, to a staggering $220 billion.