Source: TRIVIUM CHINA
The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) kicked off today in Beijing. Xi addressed more than two dozen African leaders, and invited them all to join in building the Belt and Road.
The speech came after a busy weekend for Xi, in which he held bilateral meetings with numerous heads of state and government in town for the forum.
By our count, Xi met with:
7 leaders on Friday
17 (!) leaders on Saturday
10 leaders on Sunday
That’s quite a schedule.
What’s more, six leaders have received official welcome ceremonies:President of Cote d'Ivoire Alassane OuattaraPresident of Sierra Leone Julius Maada BioPresident of Botswana Mokgweetsi MasisiPresident of Burkina Faso Roch Marc Christian KaborePresident of Ghana Nana Akufo-AddoPresident of Egypt Abdel-Fattah al-Sisi
Get smart: Xi has promised to put more resources into strengthening ties with developing countries. Events like FOCAC and all of the associated bilateral meetings go a long way towards doing just that.