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Vol 1 (AAC) No 5

Published 1st March 2008

Single-minded politics

Smaller Asian states are expanding relations with Africa, in the wake of China and India

A visit from North Korea's elite and reculsive leadership is rare for any region, especially Africa. On 18 March Kim Yong-nam, President of the Supreme People's Assembly and North Korea's effective deputy leader, flew to Uganda, Namibia and Angola to sign trade and defence deals. The discussions in Namibia concern uranium for North Korea's nuclear programme, and those in Angola were about securing access to Luanda's oil. The discussions in Uganda would have rung alarm bells with opponents of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni's regime.

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