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Why Felix Tshisekedi’s Visit to Beijing is the Weightiest Trip of His Career

DRC President Felix Tshisekedi faces steep political and military challenges as he fights to revitalize a crucial relationship with China. Ludovic Marin AFP

Felix Tshisekedi arrives in China at a politically charged moment at home. 2023 is an election year, he faces a large opposition that not only brings together his prominent opponent Martin Fayulu, but also the former governor of Katanga (and Tshisekedi’s former political ally) Moise Katumbi.

As the elections approach, tensions are rising in Kinshasa, where the political opposition is demanding a more open and transparent political and electoral process.

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