The International Herald Tribune has a story by Howard French, who is now in China reporting for the New York Times, but was for many years a NYT correspondent in Africa, and with Jim McKinley reported on the Rwandan genocide:
A resource-hungry China speeds trade with Africa Howard W. French NYT
China has become a vitally important partner of Africa's largest country, Sudan, at a time when the government there, a perennial abuser of human rights, has been accused by international rights groups of ethnic cleansing and by the U.S. Congress of genocide.
"We started with Sudan from scratch," boasted Li, the trade official. "When we started there, they were an oil importer, and now they are an oil exporter. We've built refineries, pipelines and production." He dismissed a question about Sudan's human rights record, saying, "We import from every source we can get oil from."
China's deputy foreign minister, Zhou Wenzhong, was even more blunt. "Business is business," he said in a recent interview.
The New York Times