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China takes Uganda’s side against EU in oil pipeline dispute

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.

The European Parliament reacted to activists’ concerns that the pipeline will destroy ecosystems and displace an estimated 100,000 people from ancestral lands along Lake Victoria.

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