Weekly news

02/02/2011 to 08/02/2011

In pictures: China shaping Africa -BBC (GBR)

09/02/2011
China’s influence can be increasingly seen across Africa. Chinese direct investment in the continent has leapt from less than $500m to more than $9bn (£5.6bn) in the last six years.

CPC discovers oil and natural gas in landlocked Chad -Taipei Times (TWN)
09/02/2011
CPC Corp, Taiwan (CPC, 台灣中油), the state-run oil company, said it discovered crude and natural gas in Chad.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi to Visit Five African Countries and the UAE -FOCAC (CHN)
09/02/2011
Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi will pay official visits to Zimbabwe, Gabon, Chad, Guinea, Togo and the United Arab Emirates from February 9 to 17.

So what, if I use a Chinese phone -The New Times (RWA)
09/02/2011
“Eh eh… you also use a Chinese phone!”, “ha- ha that phone is too big”, “why do you like Chinese phones?”, “why can’t you buy an original N-series phone?”, “is it internet enabled any way?” All these comments, mockery and questions are all I have been fired lately because of my “own” phone. My big and simple question is, “So what, if I use a Chinese phone?”

Africa’s resources central to China – expert -Business Report (ZAF)
09/02/2011
Africa’s rich natural resources will remain key to China as the Asian giant grows at a more moderate but sustainable pace, an expert on the country told an African mining conference on Tuesday.

Cracks show in China’s Angola partnership -Asia Times (CHN)
09/02/2011
Angola is China’s largest trading partner in Africa. Walk down any street of the overcrowded and congested city and you will come across a Chinese construction site. Even in the most remote rural areas it is not unusual to see red Chinese lanterns and hand-painted Mandarin road signs.

Africa can be a heartland for collaboration -Global Times (CHN)
09/02/2011
Twenty years ago, changes in Africa had little effect on China, but now the situation is different. Current Sino-African relations are already very “complex.” China is the largest single investor in Africa and its trade volume to Africa has surpassed that of the United States, but China’s impact on African politics, culture and military affairs is still weak.

China’s finance minister visits Zimbabwe to bolster bonds -Asiaone News (SGP)
08/02/2011
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi visits Zimbabwe on Thursday to buttress ties between the Asian powerhouse which has solidly backed the southern African nation battered by western isolation.

Chinese bank to finance city road project -Business Daily (KEN)
08/02/2011
China’s Export-Import Bank (Eximbank) will finance the Southern bypass road project in a deal expected to close in March.

US, China and EU recognize and welcome the new nation of South Sudan -MercoPress (URY)
08/02/2011
United States, China and the European Union announced they would recognize south Sudan as the world’s newest nation. President Barack Obama went further and rewarded north Sudan for its cooperation by taking it off a terrorism blacklist.

Angola’s railway rejuvenated by Chinese investment -BBC (GBR)
08/02/2011
Chinese investment on one of Africa’s great railways has improved commerce for Angolans, Justin Rowlatt found.

Angola, China seek cooperation to boost cereal production -Afrique en ligne (FRA)
08/02/2011
Angola will benefit from Chinese support in Agricultural development, mainly in boosting cereal production in the African country, the Angolan Ambassador to China, João Manuel Bernardo, announced here Monday. The Angolan diplomat was speaking at the opening of a three-day 4th Broad Consultative Council of Foreign Affairs Ministry (Mirex).

Lusaka CBD to expand -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
08/02/2011
Government has embarked on the construction of a multi- billion kwacha housing project in Misisi compound as part of the expansion of Lusaka Central Business District. National Housing Authority Chief Executive Officer Elias Mpondela said a Chinese company called China National Complete Trans Import and Export group will take part in the construction project.

If you want to grow as Zambia, work with us, says China -Zambian Watchdog (ZAM)
08/02/2011
Mr Li Qiangmin Chinese ambassador to Zambia said that the relationship between the two countries has remained cordial, resulting in the trade balance swelling to USD 2.2 billion in recent years because of the closer bilateral relationship the two countries enjoy.

How China will push West to democratise Africa -Daily Monitor (UGA)
08/02/2011
Ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 symbolising the end of the cold war, the Western world has enjoyed unrivalled leverage on the African continent. With the Soviet Union out of the way, Europe and the USA became the supreme providers of economic aid, markets for Africa’s raw materials and natural resources, and has been the leading exporter of machinery, technology and other merchandise to the continent as well.

China to build primary schools in Kenya -KBC (KEN)
07/02/2011
China will put up 10 ICT-driven model primary schools in Kenya as part of a project that aims at constructing 1000 such schools across the African continent

Cultural exchange program said vital to strengthen cooperation -Walta Info (ETH)
07/02/2011
Culture and Tourism Minister, Amin Abdulkadir, said that the cultural exchange launched between Ethiopia and China will enable the two countries to further enhance their cooperation.

Chinese Firm to Inject $3m Into Coal, Iron Ore Mines -AllAfrica (USA)
07/02/2011
Chinese firm, Sichuan Hongda Corporation Ltd will invest $3 million in the Mchuchuma coal and Liganga iron ore production projects in Southern Tanzania.

Chinese firm to develop Nigeria’s 1st LSAW pipe mill -Vanguard (NGA)
07/02/2011
Nigerian Content Development and Monitoring Board, NCDMB, and China’s major welded line pipe maker, Jiangsu Yulong Steel Pipe have agreed to implement a schedule that will lead to the setting-up of a 250, 000 tons per annum longitudinal submerged arc welded pipe mill in Nigeria by September 2012.

Africa will not put up with a colonialist China -The Guardian (GBR)
07/02/2011
A strategy of striking deals with corrupt leaders and seizing control of African industries will ultimately backfire.

Growing Unease at China’s Role in Africa -China Digital Times  
07/02/2011
Heavy investment by China in Zimbabwe, recently reported in The Guardian, may now be derailed by reservations on the part of the Zimbabwean government. Finance Minister Tendai Biti is said to have been angered by China’s attempts to secure the rights to platinum deposits valued at $40 billion for a mere $3 billion.

China offers Zimbabwe USD 3 billion for platinum -Steel Guru (IND)
06/02/2011
Reuters reported that China has offered Zimbabwe USD 3 billion for vast platinum reserves, but said the deal was likely to be rejected by the government over its terms.

Interview: China playing active role in Africa’s integration, says Ghanaian FM -FOCAC (CHN)
06/02/2011
China is playing an active role in pushing forward Africa’s integration, Ghanaian Foreign Minister Alhaji Mohammad Mumuni told Xinhua on Monday.

Angola: Upgrading of Chinese Investment Data Defended -FOCAC (CHN)
06/02/2011
The need for updating information on the total amount of Chinese investment in the country was defended Monday here by the director of the Research Centre of the Catholic University of Angola, Alves da Rocha.

Chinese-flagged ship not hijacked off Yemen, now safe: Chinese authorities -Xinhua (CHN)
06/02/2011
In response to earlier reports that a Chinese-flagged commercial ship was hijacked by Somali pirates off Yemeni coast, the China Maritime Search and Rescue Center (MSA) said Sunday that the ship has never been hijacked, and is now sailing safely with escort of the Chinese anti-piracy navy fleet.

China’s economic invasion of Africa -BBC (GBR)
06/02/2011
A million Chinese people, from engineers to chefs, have moved to work in Africa in the past decade. How has the trade boom changed their lives.

Biti may boycott trip to China to seal fraudulent deal -The Zimbabwe Mail (ZWE)
05/02/2011
Zimbabwe’s Finance Minister Tendai Biti is likely to boycott a forthcoming trip to China to tie up a controversial $3-billion platinum deal which has provoked a political storm.

Three arrested for ‘body parts’ murder -News24 (ZAF)
05/02/2011
Two men from Lesotho and a Chinese national, were arrested in Thaba Nchu, for allegedly murdering a man and removing some of his body parts, Free State police said on Saturday.

Sasol to hold off on China CTL plant pending review -Engineering News (ZAF)
03/02/2011
South African petrochemicals group Sasol said on Thursday it would delay any further work on a 94 000 barrels-per-day coal-to-liquids plant in China pending a review by the Chinese government.

Sino-Tanzania relations: At whose cost? -IPP Media (TZA)
03/02/2011
I believe that Tanzania should keep tabs on the Chinese like a married couple should respectively keep tabs on the best-man or bridesmaid of their marriage, so that either of the latter may not go too far. I read, on January 11 this year that the Chinese had on the previous day handed over a building in Kunduchi, Dar es Salaam, which they had built for the purpose of being a National Defence College for training Tanzania National People’s Defence Forces. Supposing the Chinese have placed bugging devices in the building!

 

Chinese mine shooters granted bail again -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
03/02/2011
Livingstone High Court has granted back the bail which was earlier revoked from two Chinese Collum Coal Mine managers charged of attempted murder following the shooting incidence that left 13 Mine workers injured at the Coal Mine in Sinazongwe last year.

China in Africa attracts economists -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
02/02/2011
The specialist and researcher Chris Alden, of the London School of Economics, said that the growth of economic relations and natural resources dominate the reasons for the Chinese presence in Africa. “It also has to do with the development of markets for which resources continue to be a crucial element in relations between the Asian power and many African countries,” he said, to speak on the theme “Partnership Offering Chinese in Angola,”conference held on Monday, in Luanda.

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