China’s Premier Li Goes to Africa
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang is visiting Ethiopia, Nigeria, Angola, and
Kenya this week in his first trip to Africa since assuming office.
Accompanying him is his wife, Cheng Hong, who is making her first public appearance on a diplomatic mission-and a splash in China’s domestic media, given the relative novelty of top leaders’ wives appearing in public in official roles.
Over the past year, Beijing has also taken a greater role in security
affairs in Africa, including the dispatch of fleets to escort more than
5,000 commercial vessels around the Gulf of Aden, a major energy
shipping route, according to a new policy briefing by Brookings Institution scholar Yun Sun.
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