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Wang Yi Gives Boost to Abiy With Official Visit to Ethiopia

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi greeted at Addis Ababa's Bole International Airport by Ethiopian Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen. Image via @mfaethiopia.

Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi made a bold diplomatic statement with a previously unannounced visit to Ethiopia. The trip was seemingly intended to send a strong message of support to Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed and, at the same time, rebuke mounting Western pressure against Addis Ababa.

Wang arrived in the Ethiopian capital on Wednesday after departing Senegal where he co-hosted the three-day Forum on China-Africa Cooperation conference. He was met at the airport by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen who accompanied Wang to the Foreign Ministry, where the two held closed-door talks followed by a joint press conference.

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