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Gabon’s Coup Could Open Opportunities for China

Gabon's new leader General Brice Clotaire Oligui Nguema salutes during his inauguration as president. Image: AFP

China’s response to last week’s coup in Gabon kept to well-trodden themes. Foreign Ministry spokesperson Wang Webin told reporters

“China is closely following the developments in Gabon. We call on relevant sides in the country to proceed from the fundamental interests of the nation and the people, resolve differences peacefully through dialogue, restore order at an early date, ensure the personal safety of President Ali Bongo Ondimba, and safeguard the larger interests of national peace, stability and development.”

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