Spotlight: Chinese FM starts new year with traditional visit to Africa – Xinhua

by Xinhua writer Guo Jun

BANJUL, Jan. 7 (Xinhua) — Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi paid a visit to Africa on Jan. 2-6, carrying on a 29-year tradition of making Africa the destination of a Chinese top diplomat’s first new year overseas trip.

Wang said friendship between China and African countries is “solid and unbreakable” as ever and that cooperation between them continues to be robust and “expanding fast.” African leaders hailed Wang’s visit as a testimony of their true friendship, saying it injects a strong impetus in their relations with China.

Wang’s five-day African trip covered Ethiopia, Burkina Faso, Gambia and Senegal. He also visited the headquarters of the African Union (AU) in Addis Ababa. Wang’s Africa trip also came after the Forum on China-Africa…

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