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Acting Ambassador to South Africa Li Nan Summarizes the Key Obstacles in China’s Ties With Africa

China's Acting Ambassador to South Africa, Li Nan. Image via the Chinese embassy in South Africa.

China’s Acting Ambassador to South Africa, Li Nan, spoke on Monday about the obstacles facing China-Africa relations and provided a list of challenges that he feels need to be overcome. This is not the kind of tone we would have heard from Acting Ambassador Li’s predecessor, Lin Songtian, who rarely, if ever, publicly acknowledged vulnerabilities in China-Africa ties.

The following is a transcript of Acting Ambassador Li’s comments as conveyed by the Chinese embassy in Pretoria’s official Twitter account:

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