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SUBJECT: MEDIA REACTION Q CHINA'S INFLUENCE IN AFRICA -
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LEAD STORIES: There were no papers Monday morning because
of a press holiday. Top stories on TV news shows included
the victory of the opposition DPJ-backed candidate in
Sunday's gubernatorial election in Fukushima.

1. "Merits and Demerits of China's Africa Diplomacy" The
business-oriented Nikkei editorialized (11/12): "China
has stepped up its Africa diplomacy, hosting the China-
Africa Cooperation Forum that brought the leaders of 48
African nations to Beijing. The Chinese government
announced that it would double its aid to the continent
while reaffirming enhanced cooperation. While the US and
some European countries have criticized China for
supporting abusers of human rights in order to secure
energy supplies, China insists that it will not interfere
in the domestic affairs of other nations....

"Western countries and Japan have called on African
countries to promote democratization, establish
transparency, and end corruption as preconditions for
expanding economic assistance, as exemplified in a
statement adopted at the conclusion of last year's G-8
leaders' meeting. In contrast, China's aid policy of
'noninterference' smacks of pandering and runs the risk
of weakening efforts within Africa for reform. Greater
economic assistance to oppressive nations like Sudan and
Zimbabwe . . . may undermine China's image in the
international community, which would not be in Beijing's
long-term interest."

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