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Under Mounting Pressure From the U.S., Europe, and Australia, China Leans on Its Ties in Africa For Support

Chinese President Xi Jinping addressing the World Health Assembly on Monday via video conference from Beijing. Image via People's Daily.

Hong Kong-based CNN journalist Jenni Marsh reports on the prominent role that Africa played in Monday’s speech by Chinese President Xi Jinping to the World Health Assembly. Marsh, who’s covered China-Africa relations for years, notes that amid mounting anti-Chinese sentiment in Washington, Brussels, and Canberra, Beijing’s political ties with Africa are now more important than ever.

“As the coronavirus leaves China increasingly isolated on the world stage,” she wrote in a story published on, “Xi’s speech made it clear how vital the support of African nations is to Beijing.”

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