China has an Africa Problem – Asia Sentinel

From Asia Sentinel:

The recent murders of Chinese oil workers in Ethiopia are a reminder that some places are best left alone.

The killings of nine Chinese workers last month by separatist rebels and the capture of several others in a remote area of eastern has come as a great shock to the Chinese. “Protect our compatriots,” thundered an editorial in the China Daily.

The editorialist would have done better to spend his energies looking up the recent history of the region in which the workers were operating. Then he might have asked how Chinese workers were to be protected, and even how China itself had contributed to the endemic instability of that region. [Full Text]

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