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Infographic Details Three Decades of Chinese Foreign Ministers’ New Year Tours to Africa

Wang Yi’s current visit to Africa is the continuation of a 32-year tradition where the first overseas trip of the year by a Chinese Foreign Minister is always to Africa.

This custom didn’t historically attract much attention, but now it’s become a hallmark of China’s Africa policy and the most visible demonstration of its commitment to the continent, especially when measured against much less frequent visits by U.S., Japanese and European high-level officials.

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