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Wang Yi’s Visit to Eritrea Was Symbolically Important But Produced Few Tangible Outcomes

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) and Eritrean Foreign Minister Osman Saleh (right) signed a joint statement in Asmara. Image via Xinhua.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi (left) wrapped up his brief visit to Eritrea on Wednesday by signing a broadly-worded joint statement with his counterpart Osman Saleh (right).

The statement was largely boilerplate, with the usual references to “mutual support” and “shared values” but lacked any meaningful specifics.

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