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China’s Foreign Ministry Signals Support for Niger’s Deposed President But Fails to Provide Any Specific Information

Exterior of the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs building in Beijing. Greg Baker/AFP

The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs broke its silence regarding the recent coup in Niger. It issued a curt statement late last week that expressed support for deposed president Mohamed Bazoum but failed to provide any specific details about the status of key Chinese interests and personnel in the Sahelian country.

Beijing’s tight-lipped approach in Niger stands in contrast to other coups in West Africa, namely the 2021 overthrow of President Alpha Condé that provoked a much more robust Chinese response.

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