Cablegate: Media Reaction: Asia-Africa Summit in Jakarta;
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SUBJECT: Media Reaction: Asia-Africa summit in Jakarta;
Summary: Commenting on the Jakarta summit, "Ittefaq" hopes
that the summit will be able to bridge the differences
between China and Japan while "Sangbad" hopes that the new
partnership may play a major role in bargaining in the WTO.
Asia-Africa Summit in Jakarta
"The Afro-Asian summit"
Conservative Bangla language newspaper "Ittefaq" editorially
India and China have massive influence over Afro-Asian
countries. After the first Bandung summit fifty years ago,
they became allies, but later turned into foes. The
situation has changed. The two countries have now greatly
improved their relations. During the second summit of the
Afro-Asian nations, the rift in relations between China and
Japan was noticeable. China is the biggest nation in Asia
and Japan is the most prosperous. It is yet to be seen
whether the Jakarta summit will be able to bring about an
understanding between them.
"The Historic Agreement at the Afro-Asian Summit"
Pro-opposition Bangla language newspaper "Sangbad"
editorially comments (4/26):
After the summit in Jakarta, nations of Asia and Africa
signed a "New Strategic alliance." After the first summit in
Bandung, the population in Asia and Africa has increased
greatly. Incomes have increased in the region, but so has
poverty. At least half of the populations in Africa and Asia
live in poverty and deprivation. The new partnership may
play a major role in bargaining, including with the WTO, in
this age of globalization. The new Asian-African
partnership will generate hope among the people. The
Jakarta summit will be successful if nations of the two
continents are able to overcome their conflicts and devote
efforts to achieving progress and eradicating poverty.