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South Africa’s Ruling Elite Bid Farewell to China’s Ambassador

Outgoing Ambassador Chen Xiaodong at his farewell reception at the Chinese Embassy, 5 March 2024. NOMVULA MOKONYANE on X.

Chinese Ambassador Chen Xiaodong is leaving South Africa after the end of his term of nearly four years in a routine change of the guard.

Chen’s tenure was largely unremarkable, especially in light of his predecessor, Lin Songtian, who maintained a much more public and outspoken profile.

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