Angola: China's Pivotal Partner in Africa

Angola is China's largest trading partner in Africa and in so many ways highlights the best and worst of the PRC's engagement on the continent. In the aftermath of the Angolan civil war that effectively destroyed the country, Beijing has done more to rebuild Angola than any other country or NGO. Yet, the billions of dollars invested there have also lined the pockets of an entrenched political elite, who, so long as they provide China with access to oil, Beijing will look the other way on gross human rights violations and wide-scale corruption.

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