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Monday, August 15, 2005

Into Africa -- China never met a despot it couldn't do business with

By Aussiegirl

Well, how about some more cheery news on the increasing reach of China's global ambitions to start off your Monday morning with a bang. To all those investors with nothing but dollars signs dancing in their eyes, never forget that China is not simply another market opportunity, but an emerging hostile threat to U.S. interests.

China, Africa Dictators Link Rings Alarms

While the Bush administration engages China on these matters, the U.S.-China Commission has turned its focus in part to the political alliances China has been forming with governments that have been targeted by international critics for continued human rights violations, rampant corruption and state-sponsored terrorism.

Alongside new commercial enterprises on the continent of Africa, China has been solidifying its strongest and longest partnerships with two African dictatorships: Zimbabwe and Sudan. Both nations are known for their oppressive regimes.

In June, Zimbabwe dictator Robert Mugabe ordered the bulldozing of 700,000 people's homes that he declared illegal. The government of Sudan has been blamed for the murder of more than 180,000 civilians in Darfur and the displacement of nearly 3 million people who now live in refugee camps. Both government actions have been called crimes against humanity.

"What I think is disconcerting is the willingness of China to not only help but to defend rogue regimes," said Princeton Lyman, who served as ambassador to both Nigeria and South Africa in the Reagan, George H.W. Bush and Clinton administrations.


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