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Vol 6 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2013


Gabon

Tax troubles but business buoyant

Despite the legal actions and environmental problems, relations between the governments of Gabon and China are still strong

Punitive action against a Chinese oil company following a tax dispute has not undercut Libreville-Beijing ties. Although the government revoked Sinopec-owned Addax Petroleum’s oil permit in Obangue in December 2012 and last month broke up a ring of Chinese illegal timber exporters in northern Gabon, Libreville officials have signed a raft of new deals with Chinese companies, assessing each on its commercial merit.

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