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Vol 6 (AAC) No 9

Published 1st July 2013


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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