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Zambian President Returns Home From Week-Long Visit to China, No Updates on Debt Restructuring Deal

Chinese President Xi Jinping reviews an honor guard at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Friday during a welcome ceremony for Zambian President Haikinda Hichilema. Image via Xinhua.

Zambian President Haikinde Hichilema returned home this weekend from a week-long trip to China that appeared to be as much about sightseeing as it was about conducting substantive diplomacy.

During the last stop of his tour in Beijing on Friday, Hichilema met with Chinese President Xi Jinping for what appeared to be congenial albeit generic talks where the highlight was the modest upgrade of diplomatic ties to a “comprehensive strategic cooperative partnership.”

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