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03/10/2011 to 10/10/2011

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  Shutdown in Chinese Newcastle – Mail & Guardian (ZAF)

  Chinese Company Ordered To Stop Work –GhanaWeb (GHA)

  Zambia strikes spread at China-owned copper mines –Business Live (ZAM)

  Mining in Zambia – One Year After Collum Coal Incident -The World

  UP Refutes CDC’s Claim on China –The New Dawn (LIB)

 Chinese firm offers to finance Lamu port plan –The Nation (KEN)

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Insider trading –Asia-Africa Confidential (GBR)
October vol4 no12
The latest attempt by a Chinese company to secure African mining assets from Australian companies has hit the skids over concerns about insider trading by Hanlong Mining.

Ties will remain strong, says Sata –Asia-Africa Confidential (GBR)
October vol4 no12
Slating bad Chinese investment in Zambia was a major plank of oppositionist Michael Sata’s electioneering but Beijing’s businessmen are not worried

The wages of Xin –Asia-Africa Confidential (GBR)
October vol4 no12
Chinese companies are finding life in Zimbabwe more difficult under the national unity government, according to United States diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks. Ambassador to Zimbabwe Xin Shunkang told US Ambassador Charles A. Ray about the frustrations experienced by Chinese companies in their dealings with the Zimbabwe authorities, according to the cable.

China Sonangol is open for business –Asia-Africa Confidential (GBR)
October vol4 no12
Transparency has not been a major feature of China Sonangol’s and China International Fund’s activities in Africa, but one of the investment vehicles is now embarking on a human-resources drive to bring in professional staff to run the company less like an opaque business network and more like a professional multinational corporation.

Shutdown in Chinese Newcastle – Mail & Guardian (ZAF)
07/10/11
Chinese textile factory owners in S.Africa stage shutdown in reply to raids that found sweatshop conditions and wages.

Zambia Miners Strike Spread To Second Chinese-Owned Copper Plant – Union –Fox Business (USA)
07/10/11
Zambian miners strike spread to a second Chinese-owned copper plant

China’s big economic stick: No Dalai Lama allowed –Mail & Guardian (ZAF)
07/10/11
The Chinese government is increasingly using economic pressure to bully foreign governments into not meeting the Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, according to a recent study by two German economists.

ANTHONY BUTLER: Why is China so influential over ANC politicians? –Business Day (ZAF)
07/10/11
The debate over the Dalai Lama’s inconclusive application for a visa to visit SA has revolved around one supposedly incontrovertible fact: that China is now SA’s “leading trading partner”.

Stanbic, ICBC to Expedite Trade Between Ghana, China, GNA Says –Bloomberg (USA)
07/10/11
New banking deal aims to increase China-Ghana trade

Zambia strikes spread at China-owned copper mines –Business Live (ZAM)
07/10/11
More than 500 Zambian workers at Sino Metals copper processing plant went on strike on Friday for higher wages, in the latest industrial action to hit Africa’s top copper producer, just two weeks after its new president took office on the promise of improving conditions at Chinese-owned mines.

Kenya receives Chinese food aid, woos to step up own food production –Xinhua (CHN)
06/10/11
Chinese ambassador on Wednesday handed over 2,500 tons of rice to the Kenyan government, a part of its 2 billion Kenyan shillings’ (20 million U. S. dollars) food aid to Kenya to fight food shortage. The Kenyan government, besides praising China’s quick response to the famine in the country, vowed to increase its food production by boosting its agriculture cooperation with China, which is also on the prior agenda of Chinese government.

China’s Hold on SA –The New Age (ZAF)
06/10/11
The debacle over the Dalai Lama’s visa application has put South Africa’s relations with China under the spotlight, with the trade figures revealing the hold the Asian giant has over the republic’s economy.

Non-Ferrous mining workers down tools – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
06/10/11
Unionised workers at Non-Ferrous Mining Company of Africa (NFCA) yesterday staged a work stoppage to demand increased salaries and improved conditions of services.

ONLF forces attacked Chinese oil exploration site in Ogaden – Ogaden Online (ETH)
05/10/11
Ogaden National Liberation Army mounts major attack on Chinese oil site, 30 Ethiopian troops killed

China’s Africa Great Wall to mine heavy sands in Mozambique –Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
05/10/11
The Mozambican government has granted a heavy sands prospecting license to Africa Great Wall in the Angoche district of Nampula province, Mozambique’s Mining Resources minister Esperança Bias said in Maputo.
The minister also said that Africa Great Wall would invest US$30 million to achieve production of 200,000 tons of ilmenite, zircon and rutile at the Sangage mine.

China a true friend, says Kibaki – The Nation (KEN)
05/10/11
President Kibaki has thanked the Chinese Government for supporting to Kenya’s development agenda key to attainment of Vision 2030.

Chinese Investment at the Cost of Respect in Zambia? – The World
04/10/11
Chinese investors think they are helping Zambians, but lack basic respect

Mining in Zambia – One Year After Collum Coal Incident -The World
04/10/11
The road to Collum Coal Mine is covered in sooty black coal dust. I’m here with Huang Lei, a 25-year-old native of Sichuan, who used to work as an interpreter at this mine. As we drive in, Zambians and Chinese alike shout out greetings to him.

“Uneducated” Chinese supervise Ghanaian Engineers –GhanaWeb (GHA)
04/10/11
A poem by Akadu Ntiriwa Mensema, Ph. D

Zambia’s ‘King Cobra’ challenges the Chinese dragon –The Vancover Sun (CAN)
04/09/11
After a decade of greeting much-needed Chinese aid and investment as a handy foil against traditional western sources, African governments are beginning to struggle with how to manage and tether the dragon.

The Michael Sata presidency: “Will China Lose Zambia?” – Exporting China’s Development to the World
04/10/11
The inauguration of Michael Sata as the new president of Zambia on 23 September attracted little media attention. This is somewhat surprising, considering that Sata, in opposition, has been quoted in most China/Africa articles as the spokesman of discontent with the practices of Chinese investors.

Michal Sata and China in Zambia –Deborah Brautigam’s Blog
03/10/11
How will the peaceful transition of power affect China’s role in Zambia, or in Africa more broadly?

African Responses to Chinese Engagement in Africa –Ambassador David H. Shinn’s Blog
03/10/11
Elijah Nyaga Munyi, a PhD fellow at Aalborg University in Denmark, did a study released in September by the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University dealing with African policy responses for engaging China and enhancing regional integration. He argues that the time has come for African countries to develop common policy measures to manage China-Africa relations.

Desertification Control: China Shares Lessons with Africa –Xinhua (CHN)
03/10/11
22 people from 10 African countries have recently participated in a training program, learning leared desertification-combating techniques like sand fixation, water-saving irrigation and greenhouse planting, and visited an International Horticultural Expo held in Xi’an, capital of northwest China’s Shaanxi Province.

UP Refutes CDC’s Claim on China –The New Dawn (LIB)
03/10/11
The governing Unity Party or UP has denied claims coming from the lead opposition here, the Congress for Democratic Change or CDC that the re-election campaign activities of President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf  is being financed by the People’s Republic of China.

2011 a Productive Year for China-Sierra Leone Relations –Concorde Times (SLE)
03/10/11
As the People’s Republic of China marks its 62nd year anniversary, the Chinese Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary to Sierra Leone, His Excellency Kuang Weilin, described 2011 as a special and productive year for Sierra Leone and China-Sierra Leone relations.

Sh6.9bn injection to keep transport plan on track – Business Daily (KEN)
03/10/11
Kenya had initially reserved Kenya’s second transport corridor contracts, linking world heritage site Lamu to Ethiopia and South Sudan, to Chinese firms and that country funded the feasibility study for the projects. But the government has since changed tack after a Japanese consultant hired to evaluate the projects recommended competitive tendering to attract funding from diverse sources.

China Reaffirms Commitment to Namibia -New Era (NAM)
03/10/11
China, whose current investment in Namibia stands at over N$1 billion, says it will continue to expand the scope and depth of its trade ties with Namibia.

China Could Oil the Peace Process –IPS
03/10/11
China, a major player in the oil industries of South Sudan and Sudan, could use its influence to stop the escalating violence between the two countries that has seen the displacement of thousands of people and a reduction in oil production, a United States State Department official says.

China Reaffirms Commitment to Govt At 62 –Heritage (LIB)
03/10/11
The People’s Republic of China (PRC) through the Charge d’ Affaires at its embassy near this capital, LI Zhigong, has reaffirmed its  commitment to the bilateral relations subsisting between it and Liberia. The PRC reaffirmed its commitment to this country at a reception marking the 62nd anniversary of the founding of the PRC.

China Looking to Enhance Ties with South Africa -2point6billion
03/10/11
While South Africa’s traditional trading partners the European Union and the United States are having a hard time dealing with the aftermath of the Global Financial Crisis, China has been gradually building up its relations with the emerging power of the African continent.

Papalanto power plant PHCN, Chinese firm trade blame over slow take-off –Sunday Tribune (NGA)
02/10/11
Chinese power station working at only one tenth of capacity in Nigeria

West changes tack to check shift to China –The Standard (KEN)
02/10/11

Kibaki’s economic policies, which over the past nine years have been characterised by a shift away from the traditional trading partners in the European Union and the US, gradually cede influence to the more aggressive and generous Far East led by China. This has created a marking scheme from which presidential candidates will be adjudged ‘trustworthy ally’ by the West. It is certain Kenya’s inclination to the East will have an impact on the presidential poll slated for next year, with either blocs — the West and East — backing a candidate they can trust to protect their interest in Kenya.

Chinese Company Ordered To Stop Work –GhanaWeb (GHA)
02/10/11
A Chinese construction firm working on a road project at Akatsi in the Volta Region, China Jiang International Construction Company, has been ordered to suspend operations with immediate effect. This follows the failure of the company to comply with Ghana’s labour laws, as they pertain to the rights of employees working with the company.

China, Tanzania Sign $1bn Gas Pipeline Deal –This Day (TZA)
02/10/11
China and Tanzania have signed a $1 billion loan agreement to build a major natural gas pipeline in east Africa’s second-biggest economy, a Tanzanian newspaper quoted the country’s energy minister as saying on Friday.

Does the government of Kenya have an agenda for the country? –The East African (KEN)
02/10/11
Kenyans lament influx of Chinese operating shops and kiosks. “[they] should invest, not compete for jobs with locals”.

Chinese minister of commerce reaffirms focus on agriculture in Africa -MQVU
02/10/11
Chen Deming, China’sMinister of Agriculturer, said China will prioritize investment in agriculture, manufacturing, finance, trade and environmental protection in Africa. He also said it will accelerate the construction of “economic cooperation zones” and concentrate financing in large-scale infrastructure projects.

‘Concerns’ about Ghana’s 2012 elections, Chinese loan highlighted by the media –Afrique en ligne (FRA)
01/10/11
Unlawful Chinese $3bn loan to be a key factor in Ghana 2012 election

Stop Work! Chinese company ordered -Joy Online (GHA)
03/10/11
Chinese company ordered to halt Ghana road project after reports of abuse against local workers

Chinese firm offers to finance Lamu port plan –The Nation (KEN)
01/10/11
Chinese firms offer to finance and build $16 billion Kenya port and pipeline project

Murmurs as Chinese company clinches Sierra Leonean airport deal –Sierra Express (SLE)
01/10/11
Chinese Sierra Leone airport deal plagued by rumours over corruption and poor standards in work

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