The leaders of Sudan, Chad and the Central African Republic met on Thursday and declared they would not back rebels attacking each other's territory -- repeating a pledge that has failed to stop fighting in the past. Violence in Sudan's Darfur province has spilled over into the neighbouring states, which accuse Sudan of supporting rebels launching cross-border attacks.
A summit intended to strengthen ties between Africa and former colonial power France opened on Thursday but all eyes will be on a subject not on the agenda -- Sudan's battered Darfur province. The United Nations Security Council has proposed sending peacekeepers to secure Darfur's border area, but UN officials say there must first be peace.
French President Jacques Chirac visited the central Chinese industrial city of Wuhan on Friday, aiming to boost French efforts to tap into China's fast-growing economy. Buoyed by more than -billion in deals bagged on Thursday in Beijing, where he met President Hu Jintao, the French leader openly lobbied for more contracts at a lunch with local business leaders.