Sassou takes advantage of IMF making peace with Beijing
Following the IMF's lead, France is now willing to lend again to Brazzaville. A series of loans justified by the rescheduling of the country's debts to China - a first in Africa.
Underpinned by Eximbank, its formidable financial spearhead, China is increasingly making its presence felt in west and central Africa, a region where France already has extensive business interests. Beijing is now expanding beyond the ‘captive' energy and raw material markets