From the Daily Champion, via Allafrica.com
While the drive to secure energy resources is at the heart of Beijing’s renewed engagement with Africa, there is nonetheless a growing depth and complexity to relations that bears closer analysis. In particular, China’s role in the Sudan crisis, where it has supported a military regime accused of perpetrating a humanitarian crisis has cast a new and, for many, disturbing light on Chinese activities in Africa. [The United Nations released an investigation report on February 1 2005 on the situation in Darfur.]
The need on the part of Africans to understand China and its motives for engagement with the continent is now greater than ever before.