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[Source: Daily Maverick by Carien du Plessis.]

Chinese ambassador Lin Songtian hosted a full house of enthusiastic ANC Women’s League supporters for an early International Women’s Day celebration this week. Together with a sumptuous Chinese buffet, there was a lot of talk about Belt-and-Road infrastructure too – and what China sees as South Africa’s role in it.

The flamboyant Chinese Ambassador, Lin Songtian, might not have expected applause when he mentioned China’s now-abandoned one-child policy, but he got some anyway. His enthusiastic tone, and the enthusiasm of the 100 or so women from the ANC Women’s League from Gauteng regions and branches were mutually infectious. The women were invited to the embassy on Wednesday to celebrate an early International Women’s Day.

“Children not only belong to the family, but to the nation,” Lin said, which is why the first nine years of education was compulsory in China.

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