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Vol 1 (AAC) No 3

Published 1st January 2008


Quiet on the eastern front

A diplomatic silence from across the Indian Ocean is helping the Kibaki government play down the election crisis

As Western governments consider placing sanctions on Kenyan leader Mwai Kibaki and his ministers for refusing to negotiate over the disputed elections, Asian states have maintained a near deafening silence on the crisis. It seems that Kibaki’s courting of China – he visited President Hu Jintao in 2005 and the following year hosted the Chinese President in Nairobi – has helped to break the West’s grip over Kenya’s foreign and economic policy options.

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