Last month President Xi Jinping told President Macky Sall of Senegal that China and Africa are completely intertwined and interdependent.
With its cultural and linguistic ties to Africa, Brazil may have key advantages over fellow BRIC China.
A UN 'intervention brigade' will enter the country this summer to fight Congolese rebels. But the countries sending troops have a political agenda as well.
South Africa, Nigeria, Angola, Ghana, and Ethiopia all have economies that are growing at a brisk pace. But their future depends on how they invest that money, writes Matthew Hawkins.
Shale gas is already having an impact as Japan looks to import suddenly plentiful natural gas from the US. Natural gas from shale should force Europe to recalibrate its own energy future.