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China’s premier Li Keqiang begins first Africa trip

Published on May 5, 2014 6:16 AM
Chinese Premier Li Keqiang (left) and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn talk after a meeting at Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa, on May 4, 2014. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

ADDIS ABABA (AFP) - Chinese Premier Li Keqiang arrived in Ethiopia on Sunday for the start of a four nation Africa tour, his first visit to the continent since assuming his position a little over a year ago.

Mr Li is scheduled to also visit Nigeria, Angola and Kenya during the week-long trip, and give a keynote speech on Monday at the Chinese-built headquarters of the African Union in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The trip follows one Chinese President Xi Jinping made to the continent last year, shortly after taking office, a journey that underscored resource-rich Africa’s importance to the world’s second-largest economy.

“Ethiopia is the first stop because there is a deep friendship between our two countries and Ethiopia is a major country in Africa and the seed of African union,” Mr Li said in a news conference after his arrival and talks with Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Dessalegn.

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