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Published 1st January 2012

Vol 5 (AAC) No 3


The year of the dragon, again

Chinese New Year. Dragon dancers
Chinese New Year. Dragon dancers Mark Henley / Panos

Image courtesy of Panos Pictures

China’s trade with Africa has overtaken the USA’s trade with the continent and will soon rival that of the European Union

Officials are building up expectations for the fifth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC V), which Beijing will host in the last quarter of this year. The showpiece summit, which began in 2000 and has been held every three years since, now returns in the year of the dragon – which will be doubtlessly trumpeted as auspicious for China-Africa relations. FOCAC V will fall in a busy season for Beijing, as it completes its long-gestating leadership transition at the 18th Communist Party Congress. Stability – both at home and in terms of relations with its African partners – will remain a priority.


India’s new frontier

Many Indian businesses are not waiting for government support for their African ventures and are transforming Africa’s economic infrastructure

The Indian government starts 2012 aiming to almost double bilateral trade with Africa from US$46 billion to $70 bn. by 2015. Such plans disguise the fact that, so far, India’s enga...


Aggressive passivity

The government is tied in knots, but that has not stopped the armed forces from taking a more active role in international peacekeeping missions

Japan’s cycle of political instability and the long recovery from the tsunami and Fukushima nuclear crisis signal another year of inward focus for the governing elite. Prime Minist...


Business doors open wide

Ministers and business leaders from Kuala Lumpur to Hanoi are scouting for African deals as global political and economic power shifts eastward

The Jakarta government expects 100% growth in exports to Africa over the next three years. They grew by 30% to US$3.5 billion in 2010 and should hit $4.5 bn. in 2011. More than hal...


Recognition mission

China’s favoured candidate stays in office, but Taiwan will struggle to participate in international bodies and overcome security challenges

President Ma Ying-jeou of the Kuomintang (KMT, Chinese Nationalist Party) won a second term on 14 January and now has another four years to carry forward his China-friendly policie...


The diplomatic truce goes on

President Ma Ying-jeou’s election victory on 14 January gave comfort to those who feared that an opposition win might rupture the delicate détente between China and Taiwan – and he...



Pointers

Pa’gan Amum Okiech

Secretary General, Sudan People’s Liberation Movement, South Sudan

Pa’gan Amum Okiech is South Sudan’s top negotiator in its row with Khartoum over oil after Southern Independence in July 2011. China, the main producer and buyer of the South’s oil...


Cyrus Mistry

Deputy Chairman, Tata Sons

The Tata Group, one of India’s largest conglomerates, has named Cyrus Mistry as the surprise replacement for Chairman Ratan N. Tata, who steps down in December 2012 after twenty ye...


Richard Sezibera

Secretary General, EAC

In December, East African Community Secretary General Richard Sezibera rejected Sudan’s bid to join the regional bloc. The application failed on geographic grounds – on South Sudan...


Fatou Bensouda

Chief Prosecutor, ICC

After heavy lobbying by the African Union, the International Criminal Court chose Fatou Bensouda of Gambia as the new ICC Chief Prosecutor. Her nine-year term begins in June, when ...