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China Went on a Three Day African Diplomatic Blitz to Rally Support For Its Stance on Ukraine

Chinese Foreign Affairs Minister Wang Yi met with his Zambian counterpart, Stanley Kasongo Kakubo in eastern Anhui province near Shanghai. Image via Xinhua.

Chinese President Xi Jinping and Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up a three-day flurry of meetings on Sunday with counterparts from four African countries. Although each of the meetings, according to readouts, addressed a wide range of topics, China’s controversial stance on the war in Ukraine emerged as a central theme.

Beijing has come under withering criticism in the U.S. and Europe for its failure to condemn Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and to join their multinational coalition in sanctioning Moscow. 

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