China kicks off diplomatic year with East Africa

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi begins this Tuesday, January 4, his first foreign visit for the year 2022 on the African continent. The countries involved in this four-day tour are Eritrea, Kenya and the Comoros.

This journey aims to help these East African states “to defeat the pandemic” of Covid-19, to “achieve an economic recovery” and to “integrate new measures of cooperation between China and Africa “. It takes place a little over a month after the holding of the Sino-African summit (Focac) in Dakar (Senegal).

Since 1991, the Chinese Foreign Minister has started his visits of the year to Africa. “Neither the changing international landscape nor the raging COVID-19 pandemic can weaken the will and determination of China and Africa to maintain friendly exchanges, improve strategic communication and firmly support each other , nor can they diminish China’s attention and support for Africa, ”ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said.

After East Africa, Wang Yi will have to set sail for the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

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