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African Countries Draft Plan for Relations With 'Emerging Powers' Like China

Monday, Oct. 23, 2006

NAIROBI, Kenya -- The African Union has released a blueprint designed to guide the continent in its relations with "emerging powers" like China, Brazil and India. A task force formed by the union says Africa must have a strategy for engaging these countries to avoid a "second colonization" and to make sure Africa benefits as much as possible from its relations with them.

The strategic plan, completed Sept. 13 at a meeting of the AU "Task Force on Africa's Strategic Partnership with the Emerging Powers" in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, assesses how cooperation with emerging powers can help Africa use her natural resources effectively and efficiently to pursue the continent's industrialization. The African Union has approved the task force's recommendations. ...

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