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China Wades Into Uganda-EU Oil Pipeline Dispute

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has dismissed concerns about human rights and environmental damage expressed by the European Parliament relating to the new East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP). BADRU KATUMBA / AFP

China has sided with the Ugandan government in condemning the European Parliament’s September call to pause the building of a 1,443-kilometer oil pipeline from Uganda to Tanzania.

Zhang Lizhong, China’s ambassador to Uganda, said the EU “should not use the excuse of environmental and human rights issues to block development” of the oilfields and the US$5 billion pipeline.

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