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China Starts in Africa Its 2017 Foreign Policy

Beijing, Jan 4 (Prensa Latina) Keeping up with a diplomatic tradition, China’’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi will visit January 7 through 12 five African countries, Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Republic of Congo and Nigeria, to start his country’’s 2017 foreign policy.

According to Foreign Ministry’s spokesman Geng Shuang said that the priority of China’s foreign policy rests on expanding relations with developing nations, including from Africa with which it aims to further lift its integral cooperation during the year.

On his African tour, Wang will follow up on the consensus reached by President Xi Jinping with African leaders and the results of the 2015 China-Africa Cooperation Forum held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

Beijing wants to expand integral cooperation with Africa in 2017 through 10 programs based on a 60 billion dollars financing plan as it was agreed upon in the 2015 Summit, said the Spokesman who reminded that, then, China and African countries signed a total of 245 cooperation agreements worth 50 billion dollars.

The launch of the Addis Ababa (Ethiopia)-Djibouti railroad, the advance of the railway linking Mombasa and Nairobi (Kenya) and the development of industrial parks and special economic zones were among the early achievements in 2016 of the agreements put into effect following the 2015 Summit.


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