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Cartoon Commentary on Xi's Middle East and Africa Trip ①: Chinese president's visit to Arab, African countries, attending BRICS summit

Editor: Li Shouen 丨CCTV.com

07-20-2018 09:41 BJT

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By Zhang Maorong, World Economy Institute of China Institutes of Contemporary International Relations; cartoon drawings by Liao Tingting

On July 19-28, Chinese President Xi Jinping will pay state visits to the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Senegal, Rwanda and South Africa respectively, and attend the 10th BRICS Summit in Johannesburg and then pay a friendly visit to Mauritius during a stopover. Xi's trip to the Middle East and Africa is his first trip abroad after his re-election as Chinese President in March. It is China's major diplomatic move to target developing countries against the backdrop of profound changes in the context of international situation,  which is of great significance.

The UAE is an important nation in the Gulf region and one of the first countries to embrace the China-proposed Belt and Road Initiative. Xi's visit will enhance China-UAE strategic partnership in the new era. This is also Xi's fourth visit to Africa. It is expected that it will promote building a closer community of a shared future for China and Africa and also gain favor for the Beijing Summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in September, forming a new upsurge in China-Africa relations.

At the Johannesburg BRICS Smmit, President Xi will put forward Beijing's solutions and infuse impetus to maintain the momentum of cooperation among BRICS member countries and safeguard multilateralism. It's widely expected that Xi's trip to the Middle East and Africa will open up new prospects for developing countries to expand cooperation and inject a renewed vitality into global governance reform, adding a new chapter to China's major country diplomacy.

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