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Tourists to Sao Tome and Principe, a scattering of islands off the coast of western equatorial Africa that once served the slave and sugar trades of Portuguese colonial rulers, are rare.And though this paradise has been dubbed "the islands in the middle of the world" – because of their proximity to the zero point on GPS, with the prime meridian just 6 degrees to the west and the equator crossing one island – it rarely features on any radar for investors.Eyes to the EastIn 2002, Sao Tome's then-President Fradique de Menezes announced a deal with the United States to create the deep-water port his country lacks and to build a U.S. military base.Today – like many other African nations – the country has turned to China to help its development, especially infrastructure.
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