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Vol 55 No 3

Published 7th February 2014

Abe in Africa

A rise in Japanese activity on the continent worries China, as does Tokyo's pledge to provide US$32 billion in finance by 2018

Prime Minister Shinzo Abe's state tour to Côte d’Ivoire, Mozambique and Ethiopia in early January was only the third official visit by a serving Japanese Premier to take in several African countries at once: in 2001, Prime Minister Yoshiro Mori travelled to a number of countries on the continent, as did Junichiro Koizumi in 2006. In Abidjan, Abe hosted 13 heads of state from the Economic Community of West African States. In August, he was in Djibouti as part of a tour of the Middle East. Yet what is most striking about Abe’s January visit to sub-Saharan Africa is both the timing and intent.

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