02.04 – Cote D’Ivoire Today & China-Sudan Relations

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Segment 1: Cote D’Ivoire: The Africa nation of Cote’d Ivoire has struggle politically and economically for decades. The nation’s attempt at democracy has been crushed by military coup and economic decline. One considered the “Paris of Africa” the capital city of the Ivory Coast, Abidjan, has been in recent years a battle ground in a political war.

Guest: Joining us to discuss the situation in the Ivory Coast is Professor Bamba. Professor Bamba is a historian and the leader of the Socialist Party in the West African nation. Professor Bamba will be speaking to us through his interpreter.

Segment 2: China, Khartoum & Darfur: Segment Chinese President Hu Jintao told Sudan’s President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on last week that Khartoum had to resolve the four-year-old conflict in Darfur. The Chinese president is on a 12-day tour of Africa to shore up his nation’s ties with the continent. China is Africa’s third largest trading partner. China has a huge demand for raw materials to meet its rapid industrial expansion.

A source traveling with the Chinese president told reporters that President Hu Jintao pressed Bashir to accept U.N. peacekeepers in the western region. However, the Chinese leader did not refer to the Darfur conflict in a statement afterwards in which he said he “envisaged a new level of cooperation and stronger economic ties with Sudan…” Sudan is China’s fourth-largest source of crude oil imports in November.

Guest: Joining us will be Nii Akuetteh, the Executive Director of Africa Action.

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