Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh (left) last week suggested he had secured China’s support for the UN vote, after meeting Wang Yi. Photo: Xinhua

China’s Wang Yi makes detour to praise Kenya after Djibouti claims advantage in quest for UN seat

  • Djibouti last week hinted it had China’s backing to be the next African non-permanent member of the UN Security Council, upsetting Nairobi
  • Visit seen as effort to avoid taking sides in rivalry between two African nations where China has funded major infrastructure projects
Topic |   China-Africa relations

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Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh (left) last week suggested he had secured China’s support for the UN vote, after meeting Wang Yi. Photo: Xinhua
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Jevans Nyabiage

Jevans Nyabiage

Kenyan journalist Jevans Nyabiage is South China Morning Post's first Africa correspondent. Based in Nairobi, Jevans keeps an eye on China-Africa relations and also Chinese investments, ranging from infrastructure to energy and metal, on the continent.