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Foreign Minister Motegi strives to demonstrate Japan’s presence in Latin America, Africa

  • January 15, 2021
  • , Mainichi
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Mainichi wrote that during his recent tour of seven nations in Latin America and Africa, Foreign Minister Motegi tried to raise Japan’s presence in the regions to counter China’s growing influence there. During an online press conference from Kenya on Wednesday, Motegi stressed the results of his trip by saying that he received a warm welcome from those nations. The paper noted that Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi visited Africa early this month and conducted “vaccine diplomacy.” Nikkei ran a similar report saying that Motegi traveled to Africa to hold in-person meetings with his counterparts there despite the coronavirus pandemic to prevent the nations in the region from increasing their dependence on China.

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