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Mugabe’s Look East policy wears thin

In swallowing humble pie to start courting Western financiers again, Mugabe and his strategists must have looked into the crystal ball and contemplated a scary scenario of total collapse of an already fragile economy. That all the painstaking assurances to turn a new leaf and play by the book – respect for property rights for instance – were largely snubbed by Western financial and economic entities, is a fact that explains Mugabe’s turn to the familiar Look East policy. Continue Reading

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U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit: An echo of the Forum on China Africa Cooperation?

The point to make here is that the USA seems to have learned a lesson or two from China. One such lesson is that the Chinese state-party machinery is quite adept at cultivating contacts with African elites. It has also realised the value of seeing Africa as a single entity, and following up with conferences that serve multiple purposes. Continue Reading