Chinese Foreign Minister to visit five African countries

Beijing, Jan 3 (IANS) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi will follow a two-decade-long diplomatic tradition to make Africa his first overseas destination in 2017, a spokesperson said on Tuesday.

Wang will pay an official visit to Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania, Republic of Congo and Nigeria from January 7 to 12, Xinhua news agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang as saying.

“Relations with developing countries, including in Africa, is the bedrock of Chinese diplomacy,” Geng said.

“Chinese foreign ministers have visited Africa during their first foreign trips each year over the past two decades. The practice has become a much treasured diplomatic tradition for China.”