Dueling state visit tours by China, Japan target Africa’s 54 nations

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom meet the press in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Jan 6.  /Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Ethiopian counterpart Tedros Adhanom meet the press in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa on Jan 6. /Reuters/Tiksa Negeri

Vicious competition between Asia’s two most powerful countries has spread to Africa, where China’s Foreign Minister Wang Yi and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe are trying to woo the continent of 54 nations. On Monday, Wang began a tour of Ethiopia, Djibouti, Ghana and Senegal. Meanwhile, Abe on Wednesday started a visit to Ethiopia, Mozambique, the Ivory Coast and the Gulf state of Oman.

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