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Wang Yi Unveiled a 7-Point Policy Framework That Will Guide Chinese Engagement in Africa This Year

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi unveiled a list of seven “priorities” that he said will guide Chinese engagement in Africa in 2021. Wang made the announcement during a press conference on Friday in Chato with his Tanzanian counterpart Palamagamba Kabudi.

The seven themes or priorities are, for the most part, quite broad and generic. Other than the list itself, neither Wang nor the Foreign Ministry provided any additional details on what each of these new “priorities” would entail and how this list differs from current Chinese policy priorities on the continent. China, for example, already prioritizes health, agriculture, security, and green initiatives in its Africa policy so, by itself, this appears just to be a repackaging of the status quo:

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