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V. Central Africa

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The sub-region was arguably still the most unstable part of the continent, particularly when taking into account the spill-over effects of the Darfur crisis on Chad and the Central African Republic (CAR). Major new outbreaks of older armed conflicts in both Chad and CAR counterbalanced the positive developments in DR Congo, while widespread violence continued throughout different zones of the biggest country of the sub-region. The growing interest in Africa's mineral resources also had an impact in Central Africa, where major oil and gas deposits are located. Visits by Chinese officials confirmed this growing interest and were welcomed by national governments. However, only a few countries could yet claim steady economic growth. As in 2005, the Darfur crisis dominated domestic and foreign politics during 2006. Insecurity mounted in the east and southeast of Chad.

Keywords: Africa's mineral resources; Central African Republic (CAR); Chad; Chinese officials; Darfur crisis; foreign politics



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