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01/11/2011 to 07/11/2011

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 Mineworkers Union of Zambia refuse to entirely blame the Chinese-owned mining firms over the ‘flouting’ of labour laws – Lusaka Times (ZAM)

 West continues to help China win new friends in Africa – Sunday Nation (KEN)

 Chinese firms build bridges with communities in Africa – China Daily (CHN)

 Another Continent Inroad for China – Ethiopia’s Railway to the Sea – Daily Maverick

 Video of Senate Hearing on China’s Role in Africa: Implications – US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (USA)

 How China is taking over Nigeria – The Nation (NGA)

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Chinese fall prey to loan shark – The Monitor (UGA)
06/11/11
Chinese loans sharks prey on compatriots in Uganda.

Revenge of the Chinese – Journal de Angola (In Portugese)
05/11/11
“China is not, after all, the ‘bogeyman’ that colonized the African continent, as claimed by the North’s propaganda. Just look at the cooperation with Angola, where the Chinese have made gigantic works in a short time, which if performed by others, could have taken decades to complete. The funds of the National Reconstruction are the most beautiful emblem of solidarity from China to Angola”.

Mineworkers Union of Zambia refuse to entirely blame the Chinese-owned mining firms over the ‘flouting’ of labour laws – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
05/11/11
The Mineworkers Union of Zambia (MUZ) has refused to entirely blame the Chinese-owned mining companies over the ‘flouting’ of the country’s labour laws saying Chinese investors have certain positives that have benefited Zambians in many ways.

China denies abuses in Zambian mines – AFP
05/11/11
China on Friday denied abusing workers in Zambian copper mines, after a Human Rights Watch report accused Chinese firms of flouting health and safety laws while demanding up to 18 hours of labour a day.

West continues to help China win new friends in Africa – Sunday Nation (KEN)
05/11/11
This past week, the US Senate Foreign Relations African Affairs subcommittee held a session on China’s role in Africa and its implications for US policy.

Licences delay leads to illegal mining, say small miners – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
05/11/11
Chinese are model employers in Zambia says PRC embassy, rejecting claims of unsafe workplaces, poor pay and abuse.

DB Alerts – Fake Condoms Hit Market – Ghana Web (GHA)
05/11/11
The fake, unregistered and substandard Preventive Plus Dotted Condom was imported by Orackie Enterprise, Kumasi and had no manufacturer’s name or address though information on the packaging indicated that the product was manufactured in China.

SSKIA expansion thrown in limbo – Mmegi Online (BWA)
04/11/11
New Botswana airport terminal may be left unfinished by Chinese contractor over payment and delay disputes.

South African business urged to adapt to the new world being created by the rise of China – Engineering News (ZAF)
04/11/11
The rapid growth of the major emerging economies, and in particular China, is creating a new world and this, in turn, will have consequences for South African business. “The rise of China completely redefines international relationships between the different parts of the global economic system,” asserts The Beijing Axis group MD Kobus van der Wath.

Non-payment of N1.8bn May Halt NigComSat Launch – This Day (NGA)
04/11/11
The December 19 scheduled launch of NigComSat-1R in China may be jeopardised unless the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited could cough out N1.8 billion between now and close of work tomorrow.

China pledges more help to other developing countries – China Daily (CHN)
04/11/11
Chinese President Hu Jintao said Thursday that his country will provide more help to other developing countries. He made the pledge at a Group of 20 (G20) summit in this French seaside resort.

Gates: Chinese innovation can help the poorest – China Daily (CHN)
04/11/11
Despite being a developing country, China can use its expertise in health and agriculture to help the poorest countries in the world, especially those in Africa, said Bill Gates, the technology magnate and co-chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Robert Mugabe’s elephant gift to China – Africa Review (KEN)
04/11/11
Zimbabwe has donated three elephants to China after the Asian giant helped President Robert Mugabe’s wife build an orphanage for 1,000 children.

China’s reach growing in Africa – Politics Web (USA)
04/11/11
Transcript from US Senate hearings on how the Chinese in Africa are impacting US interests.

China mines in Zambia ‘unsafe’ says Human Rights Watch – BBC News (GBR)
03/11/11
Chinese-run copper mines in Zambia are dangerously unsafe and owners routinely flout the rights of workers, says a report by Human Rights Watch (HRW).

Rights group probes Chinese mines in Zambia – Business Day (ZAF)
03/11/11
Human Rights Watch reports that Chinese-owned copper mines routinely flout labour laws, safety regulations and legislation governing Zambian workers’ right to organize.

Nation, China Mount Fresh Fight Against Fake Drugs – Daily Trust (NGA)
03/11/11
Nigeria and China have agreed to a new memorandum allowing food and drug regulators in both countries to mount a joint combat against fake drugs and counterfeit products.

FG, China Team up on Drug Counterfeiters – Daily Trust (NGA)
03/11/11
Nigeria and China are to sign a memorandum in early 2012 allowing food and drug regulators in both countries to work together against drug counterfeiting.

Chinese firms build bridges with communities in Africa – China Daily (CHN)
03/11/11
Bernard Ogalola, 52, joined China Road-Bridge Co (CRBC) in Kenya in 1986 and has been working for the company ever since, witnessing its change and growth in his country. Whereas some Chinese employers in Africa have been criticized for their failure to transfer skills or provide many job opportunities to local people, Chinese companies in Africa have made progress in recent years by improving labor relations and shouldering more social responsibilities.

Departing Chinese Ambassador congratulates Ethiopia for dynamic economic growth – Walta Info (ETH)
03/11/11
The departing Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Gu Xiaojie, congratulated the government and people of Ethiopia for the dynamic economic growth attained in the country during the past years.

Ethiopian Shipping Lines: An overview – Walta Info (ETH)
03/11/11
ESLSC helps the economy in saving foreign currency as well as providing consultation and follow-up on maritime issues, contributes to government treasury, develops human resources in the maritime sector, participates in developmental investments and strengthens international relations of the country. The director also disclosed that his company has entered in to 293.5 million USD contracts with China Ship Building Yards for construction of nine vessels to be delivered within the next two years, which enhances the current dry cargo loading capacity of the company to 337,742 dwt from 141,742 dwt.

Zuma meets with Brics leaders – Business Report (ZAF)
03/11/11
President Jacob Zuma met with other Brics leaders soon after arriving in Cannes for the annual G20 Summit on Wednesday night.

Uproar over houses damaged in Chiadzwa – News Day (ZBW)
03/11/11
About 80 houses constructed by Anjin Investments, a Chinese diamond mining company operating in Chiadzwa, have been badly damaged by gusts of wind that hit the eastern border settlement on Sunday. The damage, which apparently destroyed most structures built by Anjin, has sparked uproar from beneficiaries of the resettlement project and civil society who blame the Chinese company for building sub-standard structures.

The Marange diamond fields of Zimbabwe – An Overview – Sokwanele (ZBW)
02/11/11
Ban lifted on Chinese-mined diamonds in Zimbabwe despite beatings, shootings, evictions and corruption.

China-Libya ties still vital – China Daily (CHN)
02/11/11
The deaths of Muammar Gadhafi and his son Mutassim signify the complete fall of Gadhafi’s regime, which ruled Libya for 42 years. They signify the end of the Libyan civil war, too. Now, the Libyan people and other countries, including China, are rightfully focusing on the country’s reconstruction.

Third scramble for Africa – Money Web (ZAF)
02/11/11
The Brics of China, India, Brazil, Russia and South Africa – and China in particular – are at the forefront of a new scramble for projects and deals in Africa.

Bridge to Lungi-rubbish – Repair Wilkinson Road now – Sierra Express Media (SLE)
02/11/11
The Minister of Works, some months ago, told Sierra Leoneans that as of October 2011, roads under construction, in particular Wilkinson Road, would unquestionably reach completion, however it has not. Even though October has come and gone, the roads in question have still not been completed by the Chinese at all.

FM – China Not to Engage in Building Nile Basin Dams Harming Country’s Interests – Egypt State Information Serivce (EGY)
02/11/11
Assistant Foreign Minister for African Affairs Mona Omar said China is committed to its pledge not to engage in dam construction projects on the Nile River without the consent of all Nile Basin states.

Senate Testimony on China and Africa – Dr Deborah Brautigam
02/11/11
Yesterday together with Amb. David Shinn and Stephen Hayes of the Corporate Council on Africa, I walked through the hallowed halls of the Dirksen Office building to testify in front of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on China’s engagement in Africa.

Senate hearing on China-Africa relations – Ambassador David Shinn
02/11/11
I joined Debra Brautigam of American University and Steve Hayes, president of the Corporate Council on Africa, in a 1 November hearing held by the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations Subcommittee on African Affairs that examined China’s growing role in Africa.

Aganga reiterates govt’s commitment to foreign investments – The Guardian (NGA)
02/11/11
Minister of Trade and Investment, Dr. Olusegun Aganga has reiterated Federal Government’s commitment to initiating policies that would attract more investors into Nigeria. He made the pledge recently when a delegation of Nigeria China Business Council (NCBC) paid him a courtesy call in his office.

Video of Senate Hearing on China’s Role in Africa: Implications – US Senate Committee on Foreign Relations (USA)
01/11/11
U.S. Senate Committee on Foreign Relations
Subcommittee on African Affairs, featuring testimony by Dr Deborah Brautigam and Ambassador David Shinn

Chinese Medics in Tanzania – China Today (CHN)
01/11/11
China has sent more than 21,000 medical specialists to 65 developing countries in Asia, Africa, Europe, Latin America, and Oceania since the first dispatch of such professionals in April, 1963, and more than 260 million patients have received medical treatment. To date, 1,100 Chinese doctors are working in 48 countries in the world, 42 of which are in Africa.

China’s farming history now misapplied in Africa – Asia Times
01/11/11
As sub-Saharan Africa grapples with high food prices in some regions and famine in others, many experts argue that increasing food production through a programme of hybrid seeds and chemical inputs is the way to go.

Police blamed for escape of cocaine bust kingpins – Legal Times (ZFA)
01/11/11
Anthony Broadway, the defence attorney representing three Chinese men accused in SA’s biggest cocaine bust, told the Circuit Court in Knysna that the police had allowed the ‘big fish’ to slip through their fingers, says a Cape Times report.

Chinese Special Envoy on the Middle East Issue Wu Sike Visits Egypt – Star Africa
01/11/11
On October 30, 2011, Wu Sike, Chinese special envoy on the Middle East issue visited Egypt. He met with Assistant Foreign Minister for Arab Affairs of the Egyptian Foreign Ministry Mostafa Kamel. The two sides exchanged opinions mainly on the current Syrian situation.

China grows African goodwill through loans worth billions – The Namibian (NMB)
01/11/11
State-run policy lender China Development Bank will loan small and medium-sized African companies another US$1 billion, the official Xinhua news agency has reported.

Companies from China and Portugal involved in reconstruction of road – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
01/11/11
Two Chinese companies and one Portuguese company are involved in the project to rebuild the 348 kilometres of the road that links Nampula to Cuamba in Mozambique, the first phase of which has now been launched, the director general of the National Roads Administration said.

What the future looks like – The Economist
01/11/11
China has recently become Africa’s largest trading partner, lending more money to the continent than the World Bank, so the film is a timely observation of geo-political change. “China’s foray into Africa is indicative of a wider shift in power from West to East,” says Nick, “and something we all need to try to understand”.

China To The Rescue In Africa, Asia And Europe – Forbes (USA)
31/10/11
China is adeptly using its $3.2 trillion of foreign currency reserves to extend its influence slowly but surely to all parts of the world.

Another Continent Inroad for China – Ethiopia’s Railway to the Sea – Daily Maverick
31/10/11
It’s hailed as exciting news for Ethiopian businessmen and intrepid travellers who miss the romance of trains and railways – Ethiopia has unveiled plans to build a railway line linking its capital Addis Ababa directly with the coastal city of Djibouti, funded by China (who else?).

Simple acts that keep China ahead – Business Daily (KEN)
31/10/11
The China presence is growing as evidenced by the number of Chinese officials and academics paying attention to Eastern Africa.

Strengthened China ties might help Africa fend off ripples of Europe’s debt crisis – Xinhua (CHN)
31/10/11
Strengthening Sino-African economic and trade cooperation will help both sides accelerate economic growth and tackle the multiple effects of the eurozone debt crisis, experts said.

China can’t be ignored-Mines Minister – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
31/10/11
Zambia is ready now more than ever to do business with China, Minister of Mines and Mineral Resources Wylbur Simuusa said in an interview yesterday following a meeting some 150 top Chinese business executives held with President Michael Sata at State House on Saturday.

New batch of Chinese aid arrives in Libyan capital – Siam Daily News (THA)
30/10/11
China ships 40 tonnes of edible oil and food stuffs to Libya in a bid restore positive diplomacy with Tripoli.

AU keen to work with China on agriculture – China Daily (CHN)
30/10/11
In addition to making much investment in infrastructural development, China is contributing to the development of Africa’s agriculture, said Rhoda Peace Tummusimi, African Union (AU) Commissioner of Agriculture and Rural Economy.

In wake of U.S. legislation, Congolese mines cleaning up act – PRI
30/10/11
With the passage of the Dodd-Frank legislation last year, U.S. electronics companies had to ensure their supply chains didn’t include minerals produced in conflict mines. It’s provided an opening for China, but it’s also caused the Congolese government to make changes.

‘Our ordeal in Chinese firms’ – The Nation (NGA)
30/10/11
For many Nigerians, working with Chinese firms is as bad as living in hell, reports Sunday Oguntola.

How China is taking over Nigeria – The Nation (NGA)
30/10/11
China is quietly investing in major sectors of the economy and offering seemingly innocuous, low interest infrastructural loans with dire consequences, reports Sunday Oguntola

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