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Vol 3 (AAC) No 1

Published 1st November 2009


René N'guettia Kouassi

Director, African Union Department of Economic Affairs

By offering an alternative source of financing and diplomatic support, China has become a useful bargaining chip for African countries. Sounding a note of caution to African policy-makers is the African Union's René N'Guettia Kouassi, who in October told journalists, 'Africa must not jump blindly from one type of neocolonialism into Chinese-style neocolonialism.' Kouassi is one of the few African politicians to criticise publicly China's growing activities in Africa.

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