China’s new foreign minister heads to Africa for first trip

Jan 8, 2023, 12:03 PM | Updated: Jan 9, 2023, 2:15 am
In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Qin Gang, then ambassador to the United States, cente...

In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Qin Gang, then ambassador to the United States, center, talks to players before a WNBA 2022 regular season match between New York Liberty and Chicago Sky, in New York on July 23, 2022. China's new Foreign Minister Qin Gang is starting his term with a weeklong trip to five African countries, the Foreign Ministry announced Monday, Jan. 9, 2023. (Michael Nagle/Xinhua via AP)

(Michael Nagle/Xinhua via AP)

BEIJING (AP) — China’s new Foreign Minister Qin Gang is starting his term with a weeklong trip to five African countries, the Foreign Ministry announced Monday.

Qin, who until recently was ambassador to the United States, will visit Ethiopia, Gabon, Angola, Benin and Egypt from Jan. 9-16, spokesperson Wang Wenbin said at a daily media briefing. In Egypt, Qin will also meet the secretary-general of the Arab League.

The new foreign minister is following in the footsteps of his predecessors, who have for more than three decades started each year with a trip to Africa.

“It shows that China attaches great importance to the traditional friendship with Africa and the development of China-Africa relations,” Wang said.

The U.S. is battling China for influence in Africa, with President Joe Biden making an appeal to African leaders at a summit in Washington in December. China has become a major trading partner with the continent and investor in infrastructure and mining projects.

Qin, 56, was appointed foreign minister on Dec. 30. He succeeded Wang Yi, 69, who has replaced Yang Jiechi as the government’s top foreign policy official.

Wang’s new position has not been announced, but a recent article by him on the Foreign Ministry website described him as director of the ruling Communist Party’s foreign affairs office, the post that Yang held.

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China’s new foreign minister heads to Africa for first trip