During the Strasbourg part-session in April, the European Parliament adopted a report advocating dialogue with China concerning Africa. In the report, the European Parliament points out that China is guilty of corruption and violates environmental standards. It therefore calls upon the EU to enter into talks with China with a view to outlining a sustainable future for the continent, together with Africa itself. In addition to China's growing presence in Africa, such countries as India and Brazil are also taking an interest in the continent. At present, Brazil is increasing its agricultural aid to Africa, with the focus on biofuels. In the light of rising food prices, however, many questions arise concerning the use of land for bioenergy in developing countries.
Will the Council, at the next summit, take steps to initiate such dialogue? What form will this dialogue take? Does the Council believe that dialogue with the other new players is likewise desirable?