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Wang Yi’s Low-Profile Visit to Nigeria

File image of China's State Councillor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi waves as he leaves a joint news conference with his Japanese counterpart Toshimitsu Motegi (not in picture) in Tokyo on November 24, 2020. ISSEI KATO / POOL / AFP

Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi wrapped up the first day of his weeklong tour to five Africa countries in the Nigerian capital Abuja on Monday. Wang made no public appearances and instead met with various Nigerian ministers including his counterpart Geoffrey Onyeama and Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi, according to Nigerian Foreign Ministry spokesman Ferdinand Nwonye.

Wang also reportedly held talks with defense, trade, and health ministers.

So far, the Chinese foreign minister’s visit to Nigeria has been rather low key, with no images of his arrival or detailed press coverage of his various meetings. Oneyama and Wang are expected to convene a joint press conference but there’s no word yet as to when that will take place.

Wang is scheduled to leave Abuja later on Tuesday for Kinshasa in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.


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