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China’s Former Ambassador to South Africa, Lin Songtian, is Officially Gone

Despite his reputation as brash, outspoken and confrontational, Lin Songtian, the former Chinese ambassador to South Africa, quietly left the country on Monday. 

His sudden departure is a bit surprising given the enormous role he played in shaping China’s African policy over the past 10-15 years. More recently, during his tenure in Pretoria, he became increasingly critical of both South Africa and, more importantly, the United States.

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