Friday, 1 February 2008

Agent of Change or Status Quo Upholder ?

Jean Ping has been newly elected as head of the AU Commission. But will this son of a Chinese trader and a Gabonese mother bring any clout to the role?

This excerpt from Wikipedia on him offers a pointer:
Ping was one of the key figures who helped arrange the visit to Gabon in 2004 of Chinese president Hu Jintao, who used the capital Libreville as the platform for making a land-mark speech promising a new era of engagement with Africa, "without political strings."

Read the full entry here

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