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Xi's African tour highlights China's expanding security role

Mr Xi (left) with Mr Mugabe on arrival in Harare on Dec 1. The Zimbabwean president is a long-time Chinese ally who currently heads the AU.

Cape Town

TO see China's evolving foreign policy, look to Africa, where a desire to protect economic investment is leading to a revision of the country's hands-off approach to the internal affairs of other nations.

Chinese President Xi Jinping began a five-day African visit on...