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BEIJING Women's Carson Wentz Jersey , May 13 (Xinhua) -- China's legislature values the friendly ties with Chilean parliament and is willing to strengthen exchanges, top legislator Zhang Dejiang said Saturday.
The two sides should exchange experience on country governance and offer supportive policies and legal protection to inject new vigor to bilateral relations, Zhang said in a meeting with Chilean President Michelle Bachelet, who is in Beijing to attend the Belt and Road Forum for International Cooperation scheduled for May 14 to 15.
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Despite their geographical distance, China and Chile treat each other with sincerity, and Chile has been a front runner among Latin American countries in developing relations with China, Zhang said.
Bachelet said Chile is ready to deepen cooperation with China in political and economic areas Isaac Seumalo Jersey , as well as on implementing the Belt and Road Initiative.
Legislative bodies of the two countries should strengthen strategic dialogue and communication to continuously boost bilateral ties, she said.
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CAPE TOWN, July 15 (Xinhua) -- Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday rejected with contempt any suggestion that the new immigration regulations are part of an Afrophobic agenda to keep Africans or any nationality out of South Africa.
"Opportunistically, South Africa is being advised to drop or relax visa requirements in a world where they are required of South Africans when travelling abroad and where security has become a matter of global concern," Gigaba said in his Budget Vote speech in Parliament.
He was responding to mounting criticism against the new immigration regulations Jordan Hicks Jersey , implemented in late May.
The new regulations distinguish between short-stay visas and long-stay permits.
One of the most significant changes is that visa applications or extensions can now only be made at missions abroad where details are biometrically captured and visas collected in person.
Anyone traveling with a minor will also now need to be in possession of the child's unabridged birth certificate and, in some cases, affidavits by missing parents as well as translations of birth certificates issued in other languages.
Tourism agencies and the opposition maintain that the new immigration regulations are poorly conceived, prematurely implemented and will have a profoundly negative impact on jobs and the economy.
But Gigaba brushed aside the concerns, saying the country's immigration management "enables us to bring in workers and investors who contribute to economic growth".
"Our staff have done well to eliminate visa and permit backlogs Nelson Agholor Jersey , and proactively assist businesses with immigration issues," he said.
He argued that the new immigration regulations will make it easier to source critical skills from overseas.
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Gigaba announced that all 11 Visa Facilitation Centres are now operational throughout South Africa and results have begun to show in the sense that 4,000 applications were received in June alone and the turnaround time for adjudication has already been reduced.
"We must manage immigration securely and effectively in a way which benefits our economy and society, heeds our international obligations and manages risks to national security," Gigaba noted.
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He also assured African immigrants living in South Africa or others who want to come to the country, saying his country's commitment to African unity and development is resolute, and its track record in this regard speaks for itself.
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