Chinese vice premier to attend AU special summit

Beijing, May 17 (IANS) Chinese Vice Premier Wang Yang will pay an official visit to Zimbabwe and attend a special summit of the African Union in Ethiopia from May 21 to 25, reported Xinhua.

Wang will attend the special summit to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of the Organization for African Unity, the predecessor to the African Union. He will attend the event, to be held in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, as President Xi Jinping’s special representative.

The AU is headquartered in Addis Ababa.

The vice premier will make the visit at the invitation of Zimbabwean Vice President Joyce Mujuru, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, who is also rotating chairman of the African Union, and African Union Commission Chairman Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Friday.

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