Freeman Report January 2007 - Vol. 5, No. 1
January 31, 2007
From January 30 to February 10, Chinese leader Hu Jintao will be making another major trip to Africa. This time he will make stops in Cameroon, Liberia, Zambia, Namibia, South Africa, Mozambique, Seychelles, and Sudan. His trip comes in rapid succession to the early January, eight-country tour of Chinese Foreign Minister Li Zhaoxing. Hu’s visit will gain especially strong attention when he stops in Sudan, where the Chinese president is expected to address the humanitarian crisis in Darfur, holding out promise for new movement toward more effective international intervention and internal dialogue among warring factions in Darfur. His trip also follows a visit to Beijing by U.S. Special Envoy to Sudan, Andrew Natsios, who met with senior Chinese foreign policy leaders in mid-January and reported substantial gains in U.S.-China cooperation on Darfur.