In-Brief: China: New President’s First State Visit to Africa

Newly installed Chinese president Xi Jinping

Newly installed Chinese president Xi Jinping

Newly installed Chinese president Xi Jinping’s first state visit will be to Africa . . . Xi is expected to formally replace China’s outgoing president Hu Juntao in the coming days . . . as part of Xi first foreign travel abroad he will reportedly visit South Africa, Tanzania, the Republic of Congo . . . Xi’s travel will include a stopover in Russia . . . the decision by China to have the incoming president visit Africa in his first formal state visit sends a clear message regarding China’s desire to further strengthen Sino-African relations . . . the primary purpose of the trip is likely to solidify and expand Chinese efforts to secure access to mineral and energy resources in Africa, especially oil.

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