The Heat: Chinese FM visits Five African nations

The Heat

It’s a longstanding tradition, Chinese foreign ministers make Africa their first trip of the year, and this year is no different.

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Egypt, Burundi, Eritrea, Djibouti and Zimbabwe this week, a testament to China’s continuing commitment to the African continent.

The Asian giant has poured billions of dollars into infrastructure projects and aid to African nations and its outreach aims to boost economic and political ties.

CGTN’s Yasser Hakim reports from Cairo.

To discuss:

  • Zhou Mi is senior researcher at the Chinese Academy of International Trade and Economic Cooperation.
  • Mirette Mabrouk is senior fellow and director of the Egypt Studies Program at the Middle East Institute.
  • Ken Gichinga is founder, managing director and chief economist with Mentoria Economics.
  • Gideon Chitanga is a political economist at Political Economy Southern Africa.

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