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Xi Jinping echoes Jack Ma as he plots future China-Africa ties

This year's Forum on China-Africa Cooperation marks a turning point

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Xi Jinping delivers a keynote speech at the opening ceremony of the Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation via video link on Nov. 29: Xi elaborated nine programs of intended cooperation.   © Xinhua/AP

Lauren A. Johnston is visiting senior lecturer at the University of Adelaide. She is founder and managing director of New South Economics.

Continuing a pattern that began with the onset of the COVID pandemic, Chinese President Xi Jinping did not attend this week's eighth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in person but he did appear via video-link from Beijing.

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