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  1. Thanks Ethan, I meant every word of it. GVO deserves a deep bow of appreciation from many of us out here.

    Foreign Policy rated the “China in Africa” story as Nr. 2 on their list of 10 Top Stories You Missed in 2006. I wonder who they mean by You? It sure wasn’t us because bloggers have been all over this story for months.

    Here is another Red Flag that has not received enough attention in the blogosphere dialogues. Excerpt from the FP short article “China Runs Up African Debt”:

    The World Bank estimates that Chinese loans for African infrastructure already total more than $12.5 billion. In November, Chinese President Hu Jintao promised to provide another $5 billion in loans to Africa by 2009. Many of these deals are believed to be similar to commercial loans rather than the low-interest, long-term credits extended by multilateral development banks. It’s hard to know the full extent of the risk because China usually refuses to divulge the terms of the deals. Development experts now fear that aggressive lending by Chinese banks will land Africa back where it started—in the red.

    I wonder how the Chinese government (excuse me, banks) are going to collect when some African governments cannot or will not pay back the loans? My guess is that those minor details have been worked out way ahead of the “please sign on the dotted line” ceremonies held in Beijing last November.

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