The plot sickens… seems China are also in on the oil exploration tip in Ethiopia so it seems 2 empires are butting heads over the oily booty:-
The separatist ethnic Somalis had warned foreign oil and gas companies to stay out of the region as long as the Ogaden people are “denied their rights to self-determination”.
It seemed only a matter of time as to when Chinese facilities in Africa, where Beijing is siphoning up raw materials to fuel the Chinese economic boom, would come under attack again. Zambians rioted over pay at a Chinese-owned mine last year, while Chinese oil workers have been kidnapped in Nigeria. But this week’s attack was the deadliest incident so far.
While Africa’s leaders may be happy to take the Chinese yuan, its resentful people are accusing China of being modern colonialists. Chinese workers are being exported to build roads, pipelines and other infrastructure projects, at the expense of the local workforce.
Cheap Chinese goods are flooding markets in Dar es Salaam, Nairobi and Addis Ababa, pushing local businesses to the brink.
China’s trade with Africa has risen from $2bn (£1bn) in 1999 to $40bn by 2005. Within three years it is expected to soar to $100bn. China is now the third largest trading partner in Africa after the US and France – and they are catching France up fast.
The British government has pointed out that China is pursuing its economic agenda in Africa at the expense of diplomacy and human rights. China arms the Islamist government in Khartoum, and its trade links with Sudan have impeded international efforts to halt the violence and ethnic cleansing in Darfur.-
Britain said what? Help, the irony. Head. Going to explode.