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Backgrounder: How Does Niger’s Coup Affect China?

A frame-grab taken from the live announcement of the coup in Niger on July 26. Image: ORTN Télé Sahel / AFP

China says it is closely monitoring the situation in Niger following last week’s announcement that a military junta arrested the democratically elected President Mohamed Bazoum and established a military government.

The coup potentially drives a wedge between Niger and Western powers, who supported the democratic transition – Niger’s first since its independence from France in 1960. The coup is only the latest in the region, with similar upheavals happening in Mali, Chad, Guinea, Burkina Faso, and Sudan.

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