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Vol 47 No 14

Published 7th July 2006

Beijing's touring team

Trade and investment not ideology dominate the Beijing axis these days

Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's Africa tour last month was the latest of an unprecedented series of diplomatic trips to the region by the most senior officials of the Beijing government. Chinese promises of more trade, cheaper loans and no political interference appeal to many African regimes. Wen's latest trip took in Angola, Congo-Brazzaville, Egypt, Ghana, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.

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