Weekly news

03/08/2009 to 09/08/2009

All last week’s China Africa developments below: 

* Chinese medical team arrives- New Times (RWA)
10/08/2009
A twelve -member Chinese medical team has arrived in the country as part of the medical assistance that the Peoples’ Republic has been giving to Rwanda since 1982. 
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* Africa needs to “play smart” in trade with Asia- New Times (RWA)
10/08/2009
Africa’s success in avoiding the worst of the economic crisis that has swept the industrialized world has been due in large part to the remarkable growth of trade and investment with China, India, Brazil and other “emerging” developing countries. 
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* Challenges abound as Africa seeks to penetrate global markets- Business Daily (KEN)
10/08/2009
The expiry of the trade protection that has ushered in stiff competition from low-cost producers in Asia and US-originated trade barriers are the two major reasons Kenyan textile exports to the world’s largest economy are low. Full Story.
* Clinton eyes better ties with oil giant Angola- Daily Nation (KEN)
09/08/2009
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in Angola on Sunday in a bid to bolster opportunities for U.S. business in the major oil producer. 
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* Asian bid for African oil ‘exaggerated’- Financial Times (GBR)
09/08/2009
Western fears over Chinese and other Asian oil companies’ recent thrust into Africa are “highly exaggerated”, according to a study that dismisses the idea that Africa’s main oil exporters are weak states being ruthlessly exploited. 
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* Liberia hosts Chinese Supreme Court lords- Africa News (NED)
07/08/2009
The Liberian leader, Johnson Sirleaf, has received justices of the Supreme Court of China at the temporary seat of government in Monrovia. 
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* Developing economies urged to learn from Chinese model- Ghana Web (GHN)
07/08/2009
Mr Jean-Germain Gros, Associate Professor at the Department of Political Science, University of Missouri in the USA, has called on African governments to turn to the East in addition to professing home-grown solutions to their economic challenges. 
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* China expresses serious concerns about the safety of its nationals- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
06/08/2009
China has written to the Zambian Government expressing serious concerns about the safety of its nationals following the recent killing in Lusaka of a Chinese man whose mother was also seriously injured. 
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* China, others shove US in scramble for Africa- Engineering News (ZAF)
06/08/2009
A presidential visit followed by US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s African tour cannot conceal a stark reality: China has overtaken the United States as Africa’s top trading partner. 
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* Lost chances in cotton farming- Standard (KEN)
06/08/2009
As the curtain falls on the Agoa forum in Nairobi, questions are being raised as to why cotton farming has failed to take off. 
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* There is more to Agoa than US generosity- Daily Nation (KEN)
06/08/2009
Amid the clamorous lectures on governance and corruption, there is a genuine sense the US administration of President Barack Obama wants a re-energised trade embrace with African countries. 
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* China against ICC’s arrest of Bashir- Monitor (UGA)
06/08/2009
The Chinese envoy yesterday said the International Criminal Court was wrong to interfere with the peace keeping process in Sudan. 
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* Infrastructure: FG Awards N83bn Contracts- This Day (NGA)
06/08/2009
Federal Government yesterday announced a total contract award of N83 billion for the execution of various projects across the country. 
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* Chinese Company Supports Frelimo Campaign- Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
06/08/2009
A Chinese company, selling motorbikes, announced on Tuesday in Chimoio, the capital of the Mozambican central Manica province, an offer of 30 motorbikes to support the campaign of the ruling Frelimo party, for the presidential, parliamentary and provincial elections, scheduled for 28 October. 
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* China’s rapid development gives Africa hope: Tanzanian media official- China View (CHN)
06/08/2009
China’s rapid social and economic development gives Africa hope, a senior Tanzanian media official said on Thursday. 
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* Chinese special envoy calls for concerted efforts toward peaceful solution to Sudan’s Darfur conflict- China View (CHN)
06/08/2009
Chinese Special Envoy on African Affairs Liu Guijin on Wednesday called for concerted efforts to be made especially by western countries toward an early ending of Darfur crisis in western Sudan through negotiations between warring parties. 
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* Chinese-Algerian clash an isolated incident: Chinese embassy- Xinhua (CHN)
05/08/2009
The recent clash between local Algerians and Chinese businessmen in the capital Algiers was an isolated security issue, the Chinese embassy said Tuesday. 
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* ‘Business owners being targeted in South Africa’- Xinhua (CHN)
05/08/2009
Police in South Africa have arrested suspects after the slaying of a Chinese man. 
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* ‘China Firm to Replace Faulty SAT-1’- This Day (NGA)
05/08/2009
Contrary to speculations by Nigerians that the first terrestrial satellite the country launched into the orbit, SAT-1, has been irreversibly damaged and may not be replaced, the Chinese Government has confirmed that SAT-1 will indeed be replaced at no extra cost to Nigeria. Full Story.
* AU not vouching for Bashir’s innocence: Kenya FM- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
05/08/2009
The Kenyan foreign minister Moses Wetangula today defended the resolution adopted by the African Union (AU) granting reprieve to Sudanese president Omer Hassan Al-Bashir from arrest in the continent. 
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* Nigeria, China Trade Volume Hits $7bn- This Day (NGA)
05/08/2009
Special Representative of the Chinese Government on African Affairs, Ambassador Liu Guijin, has said that the total bi- lateral volume of trade between Nigeria and China is over $7 billion, making Nigeria China’s fourth largest trade partner. 
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* Chinese migrants in Algiers clash- BBC (GBR)
04/08/2009
About 100 local residents and Chinese migrant workers have clashed in the Algerian capital, some brandishing knives and rods, reports say. 
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* Kenya urges China to help in dams’ constructions- China View (CHN)
04/08/2009
The Kenyan government on Tuesday appealed to the Chinese government to assist in the construction of dams in areas which experience harsh climatic conditions, noting that the rain-fed agriculture was not reliable in most cases. 
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* China-Africa cooperation in full swing- People’s Daily (CHN)
03/08/2009
Sino-African friendship goes back to ancient times and the brave and bright Chinese and African people had joined the two miraculous continents through their contacts long long ago. 
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* Ambassador: Egypt conference to raise China-Africa cooperation- Xinhua (CHN)
03/08/2009
The upcoming Egypt conference will vigorously expand China-Africa cooperation, Chinese Ambassador to Egypt Wu Chunhua said in a recent exclusive interview with Xinhua. 
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* Luanshya mine investor cheers miners- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
03/08/2009
The National Union for Miners and Allied Workers (NUMAW) has expressed happiness over the progress achieved at the former Luanshya Copper Mine by China Non-ferrous Metal Group Company Limited (CNMC). 
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* Reform on land and property tax in municipalities- Walta Information (ETH)
03/08/2009
Resources drawn from the economy support governments. Ethiopia has introduced and issued different types taxes. MOR is responsible to enforce and implement tax law, regulations and directives of the country. 
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* China willing to help Sadc generate power- Business Day (ZAF)
03/08/2009
China has expressed interest in sharing its electricity generation technology and expertise with SA and its neighbours, all of which are in need of more generating capacity. 
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* News on Chinese trade, investment and development assistance- Pambazuka (KEN)
31/07/2009
Standard Bank is working on deals in Africa with its Chinese partner in mining, oil and gas and infrastructure as part of its drive into emerging markets, Chief Executive Jacko Maree said on Friday. 
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* Chinese Embassy donates text books to university of Ghana- China View (CHN)

31/07/2009
The Chinese Embassy on Friday donated about 600 textbooks to the faculty of Arts and the Balme Library of University of Ghana to assist in the teaching of Chinese. 
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