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04/08/2012 to 10/08/2012

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 The misunderstood lives of Chinese traders in Africa – How we made it in Africa

 China attacks Clinton’s Africa comments – Financial Times (GBR)

 China to build agricultural research facility in Mali – SciDev.net

 Zambia mine workers kill Chinese over pay- The Africa Review

 China welcomes oil deal between Sudan, South Sudan – Xinhua.net (CHN)

 Changing perceptions: reflections on the fifth Forum on China-Africa Co-operation- Safer World

Politics                                                                                                                 

China is a true friend of Africa, Ghanaian president says – People’s Daily Online (CHN)
10/08/2012
Ghana’s President John Dramani Mahama met Thursday with Chinese President Hu Jintao’s special envoy Li Liguo, who arrived here to attend Friday’s scheduled funeral of Ghana’s late President John Evans Atta Mills.

AU to Further Develop China-Africa Relations – The Herald (ZWE)
10/08/2012
The African Union will further develop its relations with China and push co-operation between African media and Chinese media including Xinhua News Agency, said Dr Elham Mahmoud Ahmed Ibrahim, Acting Chairperson of the AU Commission, on Wednesday.

Interview: China, U.S. need to cooperate on key issues in Africa to ensure “win-win situation”: expert – FOCAC
10/08/2012
China and the United States need to work together on key issues in Africa and break barriers to intra-Africa trade to ensure a “win-win situation”, a expert at South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) said on Tuesday.

Forum on China-Africa Cooperation Followup – Amb. David Shinn
08/08/2012
The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University published in July a special edition of The China Monitor devoted to the recently ended Forum on China Africa Cooperation in Beijing.

Clinton visit won’t affect China-Africa relations – Global Times (CHN)
06/08/2012
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s Africa tour will not affect China-Africa relations, a South African expert told Xinhua.Clinton’s visit to South Africa is part of an 11-day African tour covering Senegal, South Sudan, Uganda, Kenya, Malawi and South Africa,according to a statement by the US State Department.

China looms over Clinton Africa tour – News24 (ZAF)
05/08/2012
Although she did not mention China by name, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has prompted angry reactions from Beijing during her seven-nation tour of Africa.

Partnership with China ‘Benefits Africa’ – Turkish Weekly
04/08/2012
Partnership between China and African countries will benefit Africa’s economic development, a South African official said as the US Secretary of State made what appeared to be veiled attacks on China while visiting the continent.

Changing perceptions: reflections on the fifth Forum on China-Africa Co-operation- Safer World
03/08/2012
In late July, ministers at the fifth Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) agreed a new action plan for the three years ahead, with a stronger focus on peace and security issues than in the past. The new plan demonstrates changing perceptions in China on the link between economic co-operation and politics, says Thomas Wheeler.

China Lashes out at US over Africa – Wall Street Journal (USA)
03/08/2012
Chinese state media lashed out at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday in the midst of her six-nation African tour, illustrating the struggle for influence between the U.S. and China over the resource-rich region.

China attacks Clinton’s Africa comments – Financial Times (GBR)
03/08/2012
Chinese state media have lashed out at Hillary Clinton, US secretary of state, after she warned African leaders about co-operation with countries who want to exploit the continent’s resources.

Chinese state media take swipe at Clinton’s comments on Africa, defend China’s investments – Times Colonist (CAN)
03/08/2012
Chinese state media took a swipe at U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Friday, saying she was either ignorant of the facts about Chinese investment in Africa or was ignoring them.

China-Africa relations under spotlight – Mmegi online (TZA)
03/08/2012
Eight African heads of state and government joined Chinese President Hu Jintao at the official opening of the Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) held in Beijing, China last month. TITUS MBUYA traces the evolution of Sino-Africa relations and evaluates what has been achieved to date.

Hilary Clinton In Africa: Urges Sudans To Establish Peace, Blasts Chinese Intervention– International Business Times
03/08/2012
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton arrived in South Sudan on Friday, as part of her seven-country tour of Africa that began earlier this week. She is the highest ranking U.S. diplomat to visit South Sudan in its one-year history

Agriculture                                                                                                           

Chinese-invested agricultural project benefits poverty- stricken families in Africa – FOCAC
10/08/2012
Rosann Monga, a 37-year old farmer and his 6-member family in Eastern Province of Zambia has been benefited from a Chinese-invested agricultural project in the southern African country.

China to build agricultural research facility in Mali – SciDev.net
07/08/2012
China plans to build a centre for agricultural research and technological demonstration near Bamako, Mali, to carry out experiments and technical training, and to contribute to the development of sustainable agriculture in the country, according to an agreement between the two governments announced last month

Finance and Banking                                                                                           

S.Africa’s rand weakens on Chinese trade data – Reuters
10/08/2012
South Africa’s rand fell against the dollar on Friday as weaker-than-expected Chinese trade data undermined the growth prospects of Africa’s biggest economy.

China, Africa show lessons learnt with $20 bn pledge – Asia Times
09/08/2012
To some, China’s recent pledge of US$20 billion in loans to Africa is cynical checkbook diplomacy designed to placate increasingly noisy criticism of its ongoing dragon safari. It more likely represents the maturing of a relationship for which, in its early days, neither party was quite prepared.

Mining and Metals                                                                                                

Merafe calls for quotas as China takes the lead – Business Report (ZAF)
08/08/2012
Merafe Resources would lobby the government to regulate the export of unprocessed chrome ore as part of a long-term plan to limit the amount of ore shipped to China, the company said yesterday.

China overtakes S.Africa as top ferrochrome producer – Reuters
07/08/2012
China overtook South Africa as the world’s largest producer of steel feedstock ferrochrome in the first six months of this year, accounting for 33 percent of the 4.8 million tonnes produced globally, Merafe Resources said on Tuesday.

China’s African Headache – Daily Maverick (ZAF)
07/08/2012
A Zambian mine riot that left one Chinese manager dead and two other seriously injured is the latest in a series of unsettling incidents that are forcing China to realize its African expansion is not without risks, and, to protect itself, it may have to rethink its oft-repeated non-interference policy.

Zambia mine workers kill Chinese over pay- The Africa Review
05/08/2012
Zambian workers on Saturday killed a Chinese miner at the Collum Coal mine located south of country in a protest over salary hikes while another one is battling for his life in hospital, a government official said Sunday.

Oil and Energy                                                                                                     

China’s Role in the East African Oil and Gas Sector – Amb. David Shinn
10/08/2012
China is only one actor among many in the East African energy sector. In a nice summary dated August 2012, Ross Anthony of the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University said China is especially engaged in the construction of pipelines in the region.

China and the U.S. in Africa – Who’s “Ahead?” – Oil Price.com
08/08/2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is in the midst of an 11-day trip across sub-Saharan Africa.

China welcomes oil deal between Sudan, South Sudan – Xinhua.net (CHN)
06/08/2012
China on Monday welcomed an oil agreement between Sudan and South Sudan and urged South Sudan to protect the interests of its cooperation partners.

Telecommunications                                                                                            

China, Africa and Technology Transfer – Amb. David Shinn
09/088/2012
Linda Nordling wrote a short but important piece on 2 August 2012 for Environmental-Expert.com on China’s role in technology transfer to Africa. It emphasizes the significance of technology transfer for Africa.

Trade                                                                                                                    

China robustly pursuing trade in Africa – Capital FM (KEN)
09/08/2012
China is not relenting on its investment efforts in Africa, as it seeks more opportunities to develop the continent. Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Guanyuan said his country is looking to strengthen relations with Africa especially as it eyes the continent to relocate its manufacturing industry.

The misunderstood lives of Chinese traders in Africa – How we made it in Africa
09/08/2012
China’s strong presence in Africa has come under the spotlight in recent years. Chinese firms are involved in all spheres of African economies, from infrastructure to mining and oil. However, far removed from these multi-million dollar deals is another ‘China in Africa’ – the thousands of Chinese shopkeepers that can be found from the backstreets of Luanda to the smallest farming towns in South Africa.

Uganda feels China’s African involvement – BBC News (GBR)
07/08/2012
This month marks the 40th anniversary of the expulsion of tens of thousands of Asian families from Uganda by the then ruler Idi Amin.

Transport and Infrastructure                                                                                 

Africa’s Chinese diaspora: under pressure – Financial Times (GBR)
08/08/2012
The China-Africa encounter is normally viewed through giant mining and infrastructure projects, multibillion dollar loans, and high-level diplomacy.

BMW SA to export to China – iAfrica.com (ZAF)
04/08/2012
BMW South Africa has become the first car manufacturer in the country, since the implementation of the Motor Industry Development Programme (MIDP), to receive a clearance permit to export vehicles to China from the Chinese authorities.

Education                                                                                                             

News Analysis: African scholars call on China to participate in continent’s security – FOCAC
10/08/2012
African scholars on Thursday called on China to participate in the continent’s security which has is key to economic development.

Africa: China to Increase Support for African Science – SciDev.net
06/08/2012
The Chinese president has promised to increase science, technology and innovation (STI) assistance to Africa, although experts from the continent warn assistance will only work if it is Africa-led and promotes sustainable development.

China and Australia to further support African universities – University World News
05/08/2012
Two countries recently pledged further support for African universities and students. The China-Africa strategic partnership has strengthened its focus on higher education, and the Australia-Africa Universities Network seeks to build collaboration with African institutions.

Society                                                                                                                 

Culture is tool for China-Africa Cooperation- HU – The Monitor (UGA)
06/08/2012
To open up new prospects for a new type of China-Africa strategic partnership, China and Africa have committed to increasing cultural and people-to-people exchanges.

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