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Amid West African Coups, Benin Leader’s Beijing Trip Is Notable

Benin’s President Patrice Athanase Guillaume Talon meeting Chinese President Xi Jinping. Image: Xinhua

Considering the caliber of events Chinese President Xi Jinping is not showing up to, it’s notable that he made time to meet with Benin’s President Patrice Athanase Guillaume Talon on Friday.

Talon led a four-day state visit to Beijing, which saw the establishment of a strategic partnership. While this would usually not draw much attention, it was notable against the background of a wave of coups in Francophone Africa and anti-French protests in countries like Niger.

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