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Chinese FM to visit Africa during first new year trip

(People's Daily)    09:41, January 10, 2018

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi answers questions on China's foreign policy and foreign relations at a press conference for the fifth session of the 12th National People's Congress in Beijing, capital of China, March 8, 2017. (Photo: Xinhua)

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will pay an official visit to Rwanda, Angola, Gabon, and Sao Tome and Principe from Jan.12 to 16, Lu Kang, spokesperson of China's Foreign Ministry, said at a regular press conference on Tuesday in Beijing.

"Over the past 20-plus years, Chinese foreign ministers have always chosen Africa as their first trip in the new year. Wang's continuation of this tradition shows that China consistently attaches great importance to China-Africa ties," Lu said .

Wang's visit will promote political mutual trust, expand pragmatic cooperation, and prepare for the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) summit, which will be hosted by China this year, Lu said.

(Compiled by Hu Xiaoyu)

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