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Vol 1 (AAC) No 1

Published 1st November 2007


Charting Africa's Chinese future

by Chris Alden

The extravagance on show at the China-Africa Summit in Beijing last November marked the beginning of a consolidation of ties between the two regions. Chinese and African leaders celebrated their deepening economic and political ties against the backdrop of Chinese acrobatic troupes, African drumming exhibitions, the piercing wail of Peking opera and panoramic tourist posters of the African savannah. A three-year plan agreed to by delegates was aimed at cementing commercial and political ties in the form of a strategic partnership.

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