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China’s selfless quid pro quo 28, February 2008

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Chinese President Hu Jintao is currently entertaining a Nigerian delegation in Beijing.

Somewhat unsurprisingly, cooperation and help was promised in the fields of energy, telecommunications,  agriculture, and manufacturing. Yet more unsurprisingly, the Nigerian delegation maintained that they were “sticking to the one-China policy, and support[ed] China’s peaceful reunification process.” And just in case anyone has any nefarious or cynical ideas as to why China are engaging with Nigeria, Wen Jiabao, the Chinese Premier told the Nigerians that “China’s assistance to Africa was purely selfless, and only aimed to help Africa accelerate its independence.” The Chinese: such humanitarians.

Iranian, Israeli and American relations 15, February 2008

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The University of Berkeley, California has a useful series of interviews with various people of various persuasions discussing various aspects of international relations and politics.

In this video, Trita Parsi, the Director of the National Iranian American Council discusses the surprisingly close relations between Israel and Iran over the past two decades.