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Published 1st June 2010

Vol 3 (AAC) No 8


Beijing in the line of fire

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Yet again Chinese companies are being penalised in the anti-corruption campaign led by some of President Bouteflika’s rivals in the security elite

Chinese companies are caught in the political crossfire between President Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his opponents in the military and intelligence services led by General Mohammed ‘Tewfik’ Mediene. The main point of contention is the conduct of the government’s promised anti-corruption campaign, which is targeting some of Boutflika’s ‘grands projets’, seen as his legacy to the country and which others regard as a lucrative source of revenue.

The highway on trial

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As the graft wars intensify between factions of the Algerian government, several officials are appearing in court in connection with irregularities on contracts with Chinese comp...

Fertile fields for India

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The Addis government shows scant regard for the potential local impact of massive Indian investment in floriculture and biofuels

Ethiopia is renowned more for its famines than for its fertile fields but land leasing has become a burgeoning business in some of the most unlikely locations. Vast swathes of ar...

Taxing times

Port Louis suspends six forex companies as talks resume on the tax treaty that allows Indian companies to launder illicit funds

India’s Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee is sending a team of senior officials to resume the difficult negotiations with Mauritius to resolve the lingering stand-off over the 19...

Out of the starting blocks

On 24 May, Seoul’s Strategy and Finance Ministry identified Algeria, Ethiopia, Congo-Kinshasa, South Africa and Tanzania as ‘strategically important’ countries in its economic coop...

Private grief, state cash

Most of China’s massive investment in Congo comes not from private companies but from the state enterprises leading the charge to Kinshasa

China may be the biggest state investor in Congo but its private companies have invested less than those from South Africa and Britain, a new survey in Kinshasa reveals. According...

Get in the game

Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari held a mini-summit of African ambassadors on 2 June to launch Islamabad’s first real forays into Africa. In the style of Beijing’s Forum on ...

Building an improbable railway

There are two big problems with the new deal between the China International Fund and the small Australian mining company Bellzone announced in Conakry on 24 May to mine iron ore i...


Chen Bingde

People’s Liberation Army Chief of Staff, China

Chinese arms are affordable options for African militaries looking to upgrade, and the advisors of the People’s Liberation Army are ready to meet that demand. On 23-31 May, PLA Chi...

Morgan Tsvangirai

Prime Minister, Zimbabwe

Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai’s 24-26 May visit to South Korea was intended to drum up much-needed business for Zimbabwe. An investment promotion and protection deal was agreed ...

Xia Huang

Ambassador of China to Niger

Xia Huang’s short tenure as Ambassador to Niger has been anything but uneventful. Since his arrival in Niamey in November 2009, Xia has contended with a coup that overthrew Preside...

S.M. Krishna

Minister for External Affairs, India

After the resignation of New Delhi’s point man on Africa, Shashi Tharoor, in May, External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna is taking an even more hands-on role in the cultivation o...