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Chinese president wraps up Africa trip

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BRAZZAVILLE, Democratic Republic of Congo, March 30 (UPI) -- Chinese President Xi Jinping ended his first foreign trip since his installation Saturday with a two-day stop in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Xi's visit to the DRC was the first by a Chinese head of state. He held discussions with President Denis Sassou Nguesso on strengthening the economic relationship between the two countries, Xinhua, the official Chinese news agency, reported.

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Xi's trip began in Russia, where he and President Vladimir Putin held talks March 22. The Chinese president then traveled to Tanzania and South Africa, where he attended a summit meeting Tuesday and Wednesday in Durban of the group of emerging nations known as BRICS -- for Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa.

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