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Asia rising

As Asian economies and populations boom, NOCs are looking to Africa as their latest resource for supplies to match growing demands

ASIAN national oil companies (ANOCs) are waging a new battle for oil reserves in Africa. Human-rights, anti-corruption campaigns and good governance have all become victims of the scramble, as state-owned companies from countries with weak commitments to all of them invest in host countries with weaker interest in any of them, writes Derek Brower. Or at least that is the perception of many in the West, from non-governmental organisations, to the media, to the international oil companies (IOCs) that previously had Africa to themselves. But is the perception fair? Not necessarily, says a report from Chatham House, a think tank. And nor is it the whole picture, say the report's authors, John

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