I am struck by two features of this story.
The first is the power of celebrity in international relations (discussed by the Duck of Minerva blog: The Glitterati Strikes Again). Or at least the illusion of power.
The second is the notion that it would be a good thing for China to interfere in the internal affairs of African countries. This is a fairly recent notion. Previous generations of diplomats - both in the West and in the Non-Aligned Movement - have put enormous emphasis on the exact opposite, and have been wary of China's aspirations to promote revolutionary change around the world.
Sometimes politicians are accused of taking a short-term view, but they are mostly far-sighted indeed compared to the average celebrity.
Note 1: The Power of Celebrity
- Central Bankers look to Bono for advice as markets plunge
- Bono and Bob Geldof increase Africa's problems say charity (NME, Nov 23rd 2007) - via Fake Steve Jobs