Burundi: A Lesson of Sorts

Dawn was breaking as a trio of trucks and Jeeps rolled into the grounds of the Red Chinese embassy in Burundi's lakeside capital of Bujumbura. Steel-helmeted Burundi troops stood by, watching rows of Chinese stagger out of the low, grey stucco building carrying luggage and huge bundles of documents. Then Peking's Ambassador Liu Yu-feng and his wife glumly entered a black Mercedes for the trip to the airport, where an Ethiopian Airways DC-6 stood waiting. The airport porters were most emphatically ordered not to touch so much as a suitcase handle as the Chinese loaded their 21 tons of...

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