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Vol 1 (AAC) No 1

Published 1st November 2007


Angola

Big oil, high stakes

Luanda is Beijing’s closest ally in Africa but mystery surrounds the role of Chinese companies in rebuilding the country

Beijing may try to stay out of African politics but the rivalries among Angola’s elite leave its diplomats little choice. The latest row over China’s US$6 billion credit line to the Luanda government pitted two former intelligence chiefs against each other: General Manuel Hélder Vieira Dias ‘Kopelipa’, the former security advisor to President José Eduardo dos Santos, and General Fernando Garcia Miala, the long-time military intelligence director. Kopelipa is ahead on all counts.

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