China has a need for natural resources to continue building its economy. It has found one way of gaining greater influence in Angola is to help build the country's infrastructure as a GIS expert explains.
CHINA'S influence in Angola got off to a bad start. The Chinese backed the wrong side in the Angolan civil war supporting the National Front for the Liberation of Angola (FNLA) of Holden Roberto and even Jonas Savimbi’s National Union for the Total Independence of Angola (UNITA).
The alternative was the MPLA (the Popular Movement for the Liberation of Angola) which was backed by the Soviet Union and the Cubans.