Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi will visit Nigeria on Wednesday, 11th of January, 2017.
Mr. Wang, who has commenced a six-day official visit, will also be visiting four other African countries; Madagascar, Zambia, Tanzania and Congo.
The main purpose of Minister Wang’s visit is to further explore on how to implement the major consensus reached between President Xi Jinping and African leaders as well as the outcomes of the Johannesburg Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC), a statement from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Beijing, China said.
It is against the backdrop of new changes emerging in international political and economic situations and new challenges turning up in African countries so as to assist Africa’s rejuvenation and development, boost the upgrading of China-Africa cooperation and contribute to solidarity and common development among developing countries.
China’s Foreign Ministry’s spokesperson Geng Shuang told a regular press briefing in Beijing , that Minister Wang chose the five countries as the destination of his first overseas visit in the new year.
“China’s diplomacy is rooted in strengthening relations with developing countries, including those in Africa. The foreign minister’s first trip of every year usually takes him to Africa, a practice that has been in existence for over two decades, already establishing itself as a fine diplomatic tradition,” Mr. Geng said. He noted that 2017 will witness China-Africa cooperation marching forward and upgrading in an all-round way.