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Published 1st May 2012

Vol 5 (AAC) No 7


Beijing faces both ways

Paloch, South Sudan: A man examines a leaking oil pipe line at a pumping station built next to his village on land that was once used for agriculture. Sven Torfinn / Panos
Paloch, South Sudan: A man examines a leaking oil pipe line at a pumping station built next to his village on land that was once used for agriculture. Sven Torfinn / Panos

Image courtesy of Panos Pictures

Pressure is mounting on President Hu Jintao’s government to use its commercial ties with Juba and Khartoum for constructive diplomacy

South Sudan’s government and ruling party have welcomed the billions of dollars in promised investment that resulted from President Salva Kiir Mayardit’s April visit to Beijing, but they are calling for China to take a more active role in the resolution of the conflict. As its first Independence anniversary draws near, South Sudan is turning still further to the East for the investment and development support it needs. This is less a political decision than an economic one: with instability continuing and low-level conflict growing with Sudan, most Western companies remain cautious about doing much more than reconnoitre.

Threats to Lamu lifeline

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Conflict between the Sudans, lack of consultation with local people and regional politics could undermine the massive project

As the conflict between the two Sudans escalates, plans continue for the oil pipeline and new port at Lamu. Japan’s Toyota Tsusho Corporation, the leading investor and the first co...

Redback takes on greenback

African countries will be among the first to adopt the Chinese renminbi as a reserve currency

South Africa, China’s largest trading partner on the continent, looks set to be the first African nation to join the 20 other countries and regions that have swapped currency in de...

NDC hopes for Beijing election bonanza

Vice-President Mahama’s April trip to Beijing sealed a position of primacy for China and paves the way for more oil-backed loans

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Coal is hot

Southern Africa is now the major frontier of coal exploration for Indian energy companies. Khopoli Investments, a subsidiary of India’s largest private power producer, Tata Power, ...

Steel while the iron is hot

Essar’s investment in the former ZISCO operations have slowed again as negotiations over access to mining rights delay development

Essar’s deal for rehabilitating NewZim Steel (formerly the Zimbabwe Iron and Steel Company) is teetering on the brink of collapse.

Ma’s labours lost

Little was gained and little lost during Taiwanese President Ma Ying-jeou’s first African tour on 7-18 April. Far outscored in the contest with China for diplomatic recognition, Ma...


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