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    Angolan attacks on Chinese 'rise'

    Violent attacks on Chinese expatriates in Angola are on the rise, construction workers say.The "mafia-style" gang violence could affect the countries' relations, according to Chinese business leaders in Angola.

    Recently there has been a series of violent robberies and a Chinese man was murdered in the capital, Luanda.

    Many more attacks have gone unreported, the head of the Chinese Business Council (CBC) says.

    'Tip of iceberg'

    Last month robbers reportedly poured boiling water on three Chinese workers in Luanda.

    In September businessman Xu Tonggou was murdered trying to resist a robbery.

    On the same day six armed men robbed the offices of a construction company, beating workers with batons and threatening them with AK-47s.

    "These are just the tip of the iceberg," says Xu Ning of the CBC.

    "Things have got worse in the last few months. Just last night someone I was due to have dinner with did not turn up because he had been robbed."

    'Bad for business'

    What used to be something that happened perhaps once a month has become a daily occurrence.

    "This is bad for business between Angola and China," he said.

    There are tens of thousands of Chinese workers in Angola, involved in reconstruction projects after the country's 27-year-long civil war.

    Chinese workers are also building stadiums for the 2010 African Cup of Nations.

    China has given Angola more than $5bn in oil-backed loans to build infrastructure.
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