China spreads aid in Africa, with some catches (corruption, secrecy and long term indebtedness of the borrowing country)

by Sharon LaFraniere and John Grobler

WINDHOEK, Namibia — It is not every day that global leaders set foot in this southern African nation of gravel roads, towering sand dunes and a mere two million people. So when President Hu Jintao of China touched down here in February 2007 with a 130-person delegation in tow, it clearly was not just a courtesy call.