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Chinese Media Coverage of Wang’s Visit Sticks Closely to Official Talking Points

Chinese official media coverage of Wang Yi’s visit to Nigeria closely adhered to the Foreign Ministry’s three priorities for its policy in Africa: 1) vaccine cooperation, 2) economic recovery and 3) a yet to be defined concept called “transformative development.” 

On the CGTN talk show Dialogue, host Zou Yue spoke with one of China’s most well-known Africa scholars, He Wenping, a research fellow with the Institute of West-Asian and African Studies at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences, said health security is the paramount concern in China-Africa relations, as long as COVID-19 remains uncontrolled.

The Global Times, however, in keeping with its more provocative tabloid sensibilities, said that any problems in the China-Nigeria relationship are the fault of so-called “Western media” that’s “been stoking up anti-China feeling by pushing the unsubstantiated “debt trap” narrative” and that “hyping discrimination toward Nigerians in China in 2020 cast a shadow over people-to-people exchanges.”

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