Angola gives Chinese 116 visas a day

2013-01-14 21:56
Partial view of Luanda waterfront. (Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

Partial view of Luanda waterfront. (Stephane de Sakutin, AFP)

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Luanda - Angola granted more than 116 visas a day to Chinese citizens in the last six months of 2012, the vast majority linked to Chinese investment into the country, Angola's state news agency reported on Monday.

Angop reported a total of 21 225 visas were granted to Chinese citizens in the last six months, amid a flood of investment into the country's energy and other sectors.

The rate of visa approvals rose to almost 2, 00 a week, according to Luzia Maria Dias dos Santos, of the Angolan embassy in Beijing.

Bilateral trade in the first six months of the year totalled $22bn, making Angola the largest African trading partner for Beijing.

More than 250 000 Chinese citizens are thought to live in Angola.

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