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01/09/2012 to 07/09/2012

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 President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire: China’s development is a great opportunity to Africa- FOCAC (CHN)

 New approach to China is overdue – Business Day (ZAF)

 China in Africa, a Sierra Leonean viewpoint – Sierra Express (SRL)

 China: Africa’s newest baby sitter – Daily Monitor (UGA)

 Tropical fruit a new front in China’s African aid – FOCAC

 Chinese media make inroads into Africa –  CNN ( USA)

Politics                                                                                                                 

President Alassane Ouattara of Cote d’Ivoire: China’s development is a great opportunity to Africa- FOCAC (CHN)
07/09/2012
In an exclusive interview with a reporter from Xinhua News Agency in the President Palace in Abidjan, the economic capital of Cote d’Ivoire, President Alassane Dramane Ouattara said, “China’s development is a great opportunity rather than a threat to Africa, ,” calling on all African countries to strengthen co-operations with China.

TZ president meets Chinese vice premier – New Times (RWA)
07/09/2012
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete met with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu here Wednesday on time-honored friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Exclusive Interview with Foreign Minister of Morocco: China-Africa Cooperation Brings Mutual Benefits – FOCAC (CHN)
07/09/2012
The Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) was successfully held in Beijing between 19th and 20thof July. Held at the time when the world is plagued by military conflicts and turbulence, the forum this year, themed as cooperation and development, was thus of particular significance tostates leaders from 50 countries coming together.

Tanzanian president meets Chinese vice premier on friendship, cooperation- Global Times (CHN)
06/09/2012
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete met with visiting Chinese Vice Premier Hui Liangyu Wednesday on time-honored friendship and cooperation between the two countries.

Egypt’s new president seeks ‘balanced’ diplomacy – China Daily (CHN) 
06/09/2012
Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi’s recent overseas trips are considered a reflection of his strategy aiming at achieving balanced diplomatic ties and reinforcing relations with some international forces that were once neglected by his ousted predecessor

China’s model of one-party rule and open trade attracts African states – Vancouver Sun (CAN)
05/09/2012
African leaders are not only welcoming business with China with open arms, many of them are also adopting what has become widely known as “the Chinese model” of political management.

China, Burundi vow to push forward ties – FOCAC
03/09/2012
China and Burundi have pledged to push forward bilateral ties as top Chinese political advisor Jia Qinglin met with Burundi’s Senate Speaker Gabriel Ntisezerana Monday in Beijing.

New approach to China is overdue – Business Day (ZAF)
03/09/2012
UNIVERSITY of East Anglia research that concluded competition from China has led to the loss of 77,000 South African factory jobs and $900m in trade with the rest of Africa over the past decade will not come as a surprise to local industrialists or trade unions.

Political focus as China growth slips – Business Report (ZAF)
03/09/2012
Policymakers around the world have long envied China’s ability to get big things done. A huge 4 trillion yuan (R5.3 trillion) stimulus plan as the global economy cratered in 2008? No problem. Marshalling banks to lend trillions more? Check. Enacting sweeping regulatory changes at a moment’s notice? You bet.

Chinese, Egyptian presidents hold talks on ties – FOCAC
03/09/2012
Chinese President Hu Jintao held talks with visiting Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi at the Great Hall of the People in Beijing on Tuesday afternoon. Hu said China understands and respects the will of the Egyptian people, and supports them to choose political system and the path of development in accordance with their country’s situation.

China in Africa, a Sierra Leonean viewpoint – Sierra Express (SRL)
03/09/2012
China’s strong position and stance in the UN Security Council today can be as a result of the direct role played by Africa, especially Sierra Leone.  Solomon A.J Pratt’s ‘Jolliboy…’ will help you get detailed accounts of this role played by Sierras Leone. So attempts to discuss China’s presence in Africa today should always take into account this historical fact.

China’s Involvement in Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
02/09/2012
China-Mozambique ties are pretty typical of those with most African countries. Unlike many countries in Africa, however, Mozambique never recognized Taiwan. In 1963, five FRELIMO delegations visited China, including one headed by its leader at the time, Eduardo Mondlane. When a faction broke away from FRELIMO in 1965 and formed COREMO, China favored the new pro-Beijing COREMO organization but also continued to support FRELIMO.

China: Africa’s newest baby sitter – Daily Monitor (UGA)
02/09/2012
For a week, starting Monday August 27, China’s state-run CCTV English news channel had been broadcasting a series titled “Brothers: Hand in Hand with Africa” on their Storyboard documentary programme.

China-Ethiopia Relations – Amb. David Shinn
01/09/2012
The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) posted a workshop report on Chinese development assistance to Ethiopia based on a workshop that took place in Addis Ababa on 30 July 2012. The African Forum and Network on Debt and Development cooperated in the event.

Chinese entrepreneurs urged to help boost Sino-African ties – FOCAC
29/08/2012
Chinese entrepreneurs should make efforts to help boost Sino-African relations under new circumstances, a senior diplomatic official said Tuesday.

Senior Chinese official pledges to further ties with Africa – FOCAC
29/08/2012
State Councilor Dai Bingguo on Tuesday pledged to boost ties with African countries and promote cooperation between the two sides’ local governments.

Agriculture                                                                                                           

Tropical fruit a new front in China’s African aid – FOCAC
03/09/2012
Though only a narrow belt of China experiences tropical weather, the technology it uses to grow and process tropical fruit may contribute to the country’s thriving cooperation with Africa.

China helps boost Uganda’s fish farming industry – FOCAC
30/08/2012
Fisheries resources are among the most significant natural endowments of Uganda, according to experts. With about 20 percent of its surface area covered by water, Uganda has enormous fisheries resources potential for both capture fisheries and aquaculture production.

Finance and Banking                                                                                           

China grants $23 million in support of Ethiopia’s development – Walta Information
05/09/2012
The Chinese Government announced grant and soft loan amounting to $23 million US dollar for the development endeavors in Ethiopia.

How China’s Approach in Africa Complements the West’s –  The  Globalist
06/09/2012
For decades, the Western approach to development in Africa has been one of democracy first: Give people control over their countries and economic development will follow. The Chinese, however, are pursuing a market-building approach in Africa. Stephan Richter wonders if China’s strategy might be the perfect complement to the West’s quest for democracy.

Mining and Metals                                                                                                

Uncertainty over China, platinum strikes sink stocks – Business Report (ZAF) 
06/09/2012
Stocks slipped yesterday, with platinum producer Lonmin hitting a nine-year low after labour unrest in the sector showed no sign of letting up and mining companies struggled to find support as China’s appetite for metals wanes.

Oil and Energy                                                                                                     

Coal hard cash – Africa-Asia Confidential
07/09/2012
Kenyan politicians are battling over the controversial award of a contract for a coal mine in Eastern Province by the Energy Ministry to a little-known Chinese company. Water Minister Charity K. Ngilu says that Fenxi Mining Industry is an empty shell company owned by politically connected individuals and that proper due diligence was not carried out. Vice-President Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka claims that the motives of those who oppose the deal are impure.

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Trader beware! – Africa-Asia Confidential

07/09/2012
Chinese traders already feeling the heat from local competitors in Kenya, Malawi and Uganda now face new regulations and restrictions to their activities after protests by local businesses. Malawi has followed through on its plans to limit Chinese merchants to its four largest cities.

Trade                                                                                                                    

Trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries totals US$75.91 billion in first seven months of 2012 – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
03/09/2012
Trade between China and the Portuguese-speaking countries from January to July, 2012 totalled US$75.91 billion, a year-on-year rise of 20 percent, according to official figures from the China Customs Service published in Macau.

Transport and Infrastructure                                                                                 

China Vice PM hails Tanzania`s devplan – IPP (TZA)
07/09/2012
Visiting Chinese Vice Prime Minister Hui Liangyu has commended the Five-Year Development Plan initiated by President Jakaya Kikwete saying if it is implemented to the letter it will advance Tanzania a great deal.

Real opportunities lie in the less-developed regions – Business Day (ZAF)
05/09/2012
SOME pretty interesting models of the China Zun building were featured in the Chinese media last week. Inspired by a traditional “zun”, an ancient Chinese wine vessel, the building is destined to be Beijing’s tallest skyscraper once it is completed by 2016. At a height of 520m and 108 floors, the China Zun will top Beijing’s titleholder, the China World Trade Centre Tower III, by around 190m.

Chinese to focus on rail-building in Africa – Mining Review (ZAF)
03/09/2012
The rail-building unit of China Communications Construction Company (1800) plans to focus more on building rail lines in Africa after failing to profit from US$28 billion of projects in its home market.

Environment                                                                                                         

Booming illegal ivory trade taking severe toll on Africa’s elephants, groups say – CNN (USA)
06/09/2012
Elephants are being killed in Africa at an alarming rate by increasingly efficient and well-armed poachers as international demand soars for the ivory from their tusks, wildlife conservation groups say.

Media                                                                                                                   

Chinese media make inroads into Africa –  CNN ( USA) 
05/09/2012
For years, China has been pumping billions of dollars  across Africa to build large-scale infrastructure projects and grant cheap loans in exchange for access to the continent’s natural resources and growing markets.

Djibouti, China sign agreement on media cooperation – FOCAC
29/08/2012
Djibouti and China have signed an agreement in the media domain to enable the Djibouti Radio and Television and their personnel to benefit from the advanced technical expertise of Chinese radio and television stations, local reports say.

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