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China strengthens Africa ties with $20 billion in loans

China's President Hu Jintao (L) gestures next to Benin's President Thomas Yayi Boni during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China's President Hu Jintao (L) gestures next to Benin's President Thomas Yayi Boni during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 19,...more

China's President Hu Jintao (L) gestures next to Benin's President Thomas Yayi Boni during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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China's President Hu Jintao (L) delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China's President Hu Jintao (L) delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee

China's President Hu Jintao (L) delivers a speech during the opening ceremony of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing, July 19, 2012. REUTERS/Jason Lee
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