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What’s at Stake for China in Chad Following the Unexpected Death of President Idriss Deby?

Late Chadian President Idriss Deby Itno greets a crowd of journalists and supporters as he arrives to casts his ballot at a polling station in N'djamena, on April 11, 2021. MARCO LONGARI / AFP

News that Mahamat Kaka, son of late Chadian President Idriss Deby who was killed on Monday in fighting near the Libyan border, has been named interim leader will likely be well received at the headquarters of the China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) in Beijing.

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