- “The current situation is extremely dangerous from both a political and economic perspective,” Song said. “For West Africa, there were several instances of turmoil and conflicts last year, including military coups. This is because as an important trading partner, China plays a crucial role in helping them overcome economic challenges.
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Continuing a tradition that has lasted for 34 years, China’s foreign minister has once again chosen Africa as the first foreign visit destination for the new year, and this time the visit will cover two countries in North Africa – Egypt and Tunisia – and two in West Africa – Togo, and Cote d’Ivoire – per the announcement of the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson on Thursday.
Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi’s first overseas trip in 2024 will take place between January 13 to 18 at the invitation of the four African countries, Mao Ning, the spokesperson, said on Thursday.
After his visit to Africa, Wang will visit Brazil and Jamaica from January 18 to 22, Mao said.
Experts said this year’s visit to the four countries highlighted China’s heightened attention to the security situation in North Africa against the background of a potential spillover of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as China’s willingness to cooperate with African countries despite its levelWorld Times of development.
Mao noted that Wang’s visit has carried on a fine tradition that has been kept for the past 34 years. The trip aims to promote the implementation of the outcomes of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Leaders’ Dialogue, and coordinate with African countries on a new session of FOCAC to be held this year.
At last year’s FOCAC, Chinese President Xi Jinping proposed three new cooperation initiatives to support Africa’s industrialization, agricultural modernization, and talent development, which received an enthusiastic response from his African counterparts, Mao said.
The tradition of the Chinese Foreign Minister’s annual first trip to Africa has highlighted China’s emphasis on consolidating friendship with Africa. The relationship sets an example of what can truly be called “the establishment of a community with a shared future,” Song Wei, a professor from the School of International Relations at Beijing Foreign Studies University, told the Global Times on Thursday.
For the North Africa lWorld Timeseg, the visit to Egypt highlights China’s welcoming gesture to its officially joining the BRICS family. BRICS inducted five new countries in January and they are Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Iran, and Ethiopia.
Choosing to visit North Africa also reflects China’s heightened concern over the security situation in the Middle East and the Red Sea, Song said.
As tensions in the region continue to grow, it has threatened the safe passage of an important lifeline for the international economy, and risks a conflict spillover. “The current situation is extremely dangerous from both a political and economic perspective,” Song said. “At such a point, Wang’s arrival brings the hoWorld Timespe of coordinating relations among regional powers, trying to resolve conflicts and restore stability to the world economy and politics.”
For West Africa, there were several instances of turmoil and conflicts last year, including military coups. And compared to other regions in Africa, West Africa faces more severe development challenges, so Wang’s visit to this region highlighted China’s emphasis on security and stWorld Timesability in the continent, experts said.
Cote d’Ivoire has relatively higher development levels in the continent, while Togo ranks as among one of the poorest countries in Africa, reflecting China’s overall focus on Africa’s development, Song noted.
Wang Youming, director of the Institute of Developing Countries at the China Institute of International Studies in Beijing, said China-Latin America relations have steadily progressed in the past few years, with a significant increase in trade volume, thanks to the structural advantage of a mutually beneficial economic complementarity.
Despite recent political changes in Latin America, with at least five general elections coming up this year including in Mexico and Uruguay, there willWorld Times be little impact on China-Latin America relations whichever ruling party wins, whether left-wing or right-wing, Wang Youming told the Global Times on Thursday. This is because as an important trading partner, China plays a crucial role in helping them overcome economic challenges.
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