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Vaccines and Health Issues Top the Agenda at Silk Road Forum in What Could be a Preview of China’s Upcoming FOCAC Priorities

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi speaking at the Fifth Silk Road International Exposition and the Investment and Trade Forum in Xi'an. Image via Xinhua.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi spoke at the opening ceremony on Tuesday of the Fifth Silk Road International Exposition and the Investment and Trade Forum (aka the Silk Road Forum) in Xi’an where health and vaccine-related issues topped the agenda.

This is a dramatic shift from just a few years ago when large-scale infrastructure development and trade issues would have dominated the discussions. Wang’s comments focused largely on vaccine development and accessibility in the Global South. It may offer a preview of China’s new priorities for the upcoming Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit that’s scheduled to take place sometime later this year in Dakar, Senegal.

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