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Betting on the Wrong Horse: China and Russia Struggling to Deal with the New Libya

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The North Africa Journal | By Arezki Daoud | It is becoming increasingly evident that China and Russia have bet on the wrong horse when they sided with Muamar Gaddafi as other UN members sought to condemn him over the killings of his own people. On the short term at least, and in the foreseeable future, Chinese companies that have done business in Libya during the Gaddafi era are being scrutinized by the Libyan interim authorities, while the Russians find the Libyans evasive and unwilling to cooperate at the moment.

Interpreting China’s Minister of Commerce statements suggests that Chinese companies in Libya are unwanted and will find it impossible to do business there. China’s support to the Syrian regime of the ruthless Bashar Al-Assad is adding more fuel to the fire from the Libyan perspective and is likely to get the Libyans more distant from the Chinese. In this context, just like China, Russia may also be the victim of its own myopic foreign policies of supporting Arab dictators just moments before they are toppled. Continue here | Click here to subscribe | Contact us to discuss this topic.

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