Friday, October 16, 2009

Quote in the NY Times on Guinea, China

I am quoted in the Oct. 13 NY Times story "Guinea Boasts of Deal With Chinese Company":
One expert on Africa-China relations, David H. Shinn, a former United States ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso, said “the announcement remains something of an embarrassment to China and plays into its policy of emphasizing state sovereignty and avoiding interference in governance and human rights issues in other countries.” Mr. Shinn said the deal “clearly complicates the ability of those in the international community who want to put pressure on Guinea.” “Certainly the timing of this is unfortunate,” he said. “Obviously, it puts Guinea in a much stronger position than it would have been.”

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