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.