Date: Sunday, 14 May 2023
The Eritrean president began an official visit to China on Sunday. Yu Li has the details.
YU LI Beijing "Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has arrived at Beijing Capital International Airport, beginning his state visit to China. President Isaias has been visiting China several times and the last time he was here was in 2006 for the Beijing summit of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation.
"During his visit, President Isaias will be welcomed by Chinese President Xi Jinping in a ceremony and banquet. The two leaders will engage in talks, with a focus on strategic partnership and exchange views on international and regional issues concerned both sides. Additionally, Chinese Premier Li Qiang will hold a meeting with President Isaias.
"This year holds significance as it marks the 30th anniversary of diplomatic relations between China and Eritrea. In 2022, the two heads of state jointly decided to elevate China-Eritrea ties to a strategic partnership. Furthermore, Eritrea joined the Belt and Road Initiative in 2021. Additionally, it is worth mentioning that during the recent evacuation of Chinese nationals from Sudan, the first batch was transported to Eritrea.