Chinese Leader’s Almost Triumphal Trip to Africa – Scott Baldauf and Joseph J. Schatz

From The Christian Science Monitor:

Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit to Africa started out last week with the usual manly handshakes, red-carpet strolls, factory visits, and displays of African dance and music.

This tour – which includes Cameroon, Liberia, Sudan, Zambia, Namibia, South , Mozambique, and the Seychelles, – serves to fulfill promises China made at a glitzy Beijing summit in November, where 48 African heads of state heard Mr. Hu pledge to double aid to Africa by 2009 and create an investment fund of $5 billion in the next three years.

By the end of 2006, China had already invested nearly $8 billion in Africa, mainly for extracting minerals and oil to fuel its booming economy, and during this trip, Hu has brought with him more loans and a veritable army of Chinese investors.[Full Text]

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