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March 27, 1987 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
Angolan guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi offered Thursday to reopen the Benguela Railway, effectively closed for the past decade by his forces, so that neighboring Zambia and Zaire can avoid shipping their mineral exports through South Africa and thus take a stronger stand against Pretoria. The proposal requires the agreement of Angola's Marxist government, which Savimbi's pro-Western movement, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, has been fighting since 1975.
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March 27, 1987 | MICHAEL PARKS, Times Staff Writer
Angolan guerrilla leader Jonas Savimbi offered Thursday to reopen the Benguela Railway, effectively closed for the past decade by his forces, so that neighboring Zambia and Zaire can avoid shipping their mineral exports through South Africa and thus take a stronger stand against Pretoria. The proposal requires the agreement of Angola's Marxist government, which Savimbi's pro-Western movement, the National Union for the Total Independence of Angola, has been fighting since 1975.
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June 23, 2007 | Joshua Kurlantzick, JOSHUA KURLANTZICK is a visiting scholar at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace and author of "Charm Offensive: How China's Soft Power is Transforming the World."
THE NORTH OF THAILAND remained little more than a collection of sleepy villages for decades. Today, the region resembles a burgeoning metropolis -- a metropolis in China. With trade booming, it has become a way station for ships delivering Chinese apples, mobile phones and other items. In the Thai city of Chiang Rai, China helped build a fancy cultural center at the local royal university and then used that to cultivate a closer relationship with Thailand's revered monarchy.
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