Angolan embassy in China launches magazine to promote the country in Asia

23 March 2012

The Angolan embassy in China has started distributing a magazine called Palanca, published in Portuguese and English, to promote the West African country in Asia, the press attaché to the Angolan embassy, Eduardo André de Sousa said Thursday in Beijing.

Speaking to Portuguese news agency Lusa, the press attaché said that the next edition of the magazine, expected to be published in the summer, would have a Chinese version.

Some 250 Angolans, most of whom are students, currently live in china, almost 40 percent of Angola’s oil exports are sent to China accounting for 16 percent of China’s oil imports. Since 2009, five years after the first loans offered by China to Angola the country has become one of china’s most important sources of oil and its biggest trading partner in Africa.

Angola and China established diplomatic relations in 1983 and since then bilateral cooperation has increased, particularly after the end of the civil war in Angola in 2002. Angola has become China’s biggest trading partner in Africa, overtaking South Africa. (macauhub)