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Africa’s Strong Presence at China’s Belt & Road Forum

Five of the 24 heads of state who attended this week’s Belt and Road Forum in Beijing were from African countries, highlighting the prominent role the continent played at the event.

Many of the themes that emerged from the two-day forum align neatly with key African priorities related to new development finance and greater access to the Chinese market.

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