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Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister kicks off year with official visits to African countries

China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, is currently on an official diplomatic visit to the African continent, with the intent of further consolidating China’s upstanding relations with the countries included in his diplomatic tour.

The countries included in the official tour are: Nigeria, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Botswana, Tanzania, and Seychelles.

China’s early-year African official visits can already be considered somewhat of a tradition, as Chinese representatives have been choosing the African continent as the first overseas destination for over two decades now.

Also read: China offers comprehensive support to kick-start African Free Trade

Recently, China has offered a generous debt suspension, under the framework of the China-Africa cooperation forum, when it announced it would further extend loan payment forbearance for some countries, including many African countries. The announcement was made by China’s President, Xi Jinping, during his speech at the China-Africa summit.

Out of the creditors from the G20 group to which African countries are indebted to, China is the one with the highest amount to have been exempted from loan interest repayments (in the order of some US$2,1B).

The official visit has started on January 4 and will be concluded on January 9, 2021.

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