Tanzanian President John Magufuli seems to be taking a page from Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad’s playbook on how to negotiate with the Chinese. Mahathir last year, if you recall, abruptly canceled a multi-billion dollar rail and oil pipeline deal with the Chinese, calling them “unfair.” Unsurprisingly, China’s critics in the US/EU jumped with excitement that finally an emerging market leader stood up and said “enough.”
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