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Gambian president Adama Barrow visits China next week

LONDON, UK – The president of the West Africa nation of the Gambia, HE Adama Barrow is scheduled to travel for an official state visit to China, from next week Wednesday to Tuesday of the following week.

The disclosure was announced by the Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson, Lu Kang, on Monday.

According to Lu Kang, Chinese President Xi Jinping extended an invitation to President Barrow for the upcoming visit.

When President Yaya Jammeh was head of state of the Gambia, he severed ties between the two countries for some 20 years when he established diplomatic relations with Taiwan.

After Barrow became president, China and the Gambia resumed bilateral relations, cementing real ties in March 2016.

Analysts say China has become a strategic partner for Africa and has been making strategic investment throughout the African continent.

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Michael Harrington

Michael Harrington is a researcher and senior contributing reporter with Globe Afrique Media.

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