Weekly news

05/01/2012 to 09/01/2012

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 Guinea Bissau China bribe officials held – News 24 (ZAF)

 China Defends Local Interests – New Era (NAM)

 The Guardian blog post, China and Ethiopia – Deborah Brautigam’s blog

 Trade with China have greatly increased – Journal de Angola (AGO)

 Chinese Experts On the Way – New Era (NAM)

 China Increases Funding for TVET School – New Times (RWA)

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Guinea Bissau China bribe officials held – News 24 (ZAF)
08/01/12
Police in Guinea Bissau arrested three energy ministry officials suspected of having accepted bribes from a Chinese company in return for fake mining permits, prosecutors said on Saturday.

China’s role in North-South Sudan relations – Sudan Tribune (SDN)
07/01/12
The governments of South Sudan and Sudan have some unresolved issues left over from divorce that was finalised in July. From border demarcation to oil resources, one would expect South Sudan and Sudan to be at each others throats by now, but that hasn’t been the case at all.

Should Ghana be scared of the Chinese exploration? – Ghana Web (GHA)
07/01/12
Ade Sawyerr, gives an insight to an emerging relationship between African
countries and the Chinese Republic. Should Africa now look East and abandon
the long standing albeit rocky relationship with the West. Ade informs.

China loans over US$80 million to Cape Verde – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
07/01/12
China has loaned Cape Verde over US$80 million under the terms of four agreements signed Thursday in Praia, according o the Cape Verdean press.

Nam, China sign N$26 million aid agreement – The Namibian (NAM)
06/01/12
Namibia and China yesterday signed a 20 million yuan [about N$26 million] technical cooperation agreement which will be used for the construction of a secondary school and other projects that may be agreed upon.

China attaches importance to Africa’s concerns, interests: FM – Xinhua (CHN)
06/01/12
China will, as always, attach importance to Africa’s concerns and interests, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said here on Thursday.

SA coal exports rise, China’s share up – News 24 (ZAF)
06/01/12
South Africa’s coal exports for calendar year 2011 rose by 1.9% or 1.2 million tonnes to 64.6 million tonnes from the previous year, but the most notable change was the fourth-quarter surge in the amounts going to China, exporters said.

Imani-NPP $3bn Chinese Loan Politics – Ghana Web (GHA)
06/01/12
The Daily Democrat publishes for our cherished readers and discerning Ghanaians the uninformed and confused position of IMANI about the $3billion Chinese loan and the logical explanation by Government to arrest the country’s infrastructure deficit for industrialization take off in a sustained economy for job creation and massive employment.

Chinese, Namibian FMs meet on bilteral ties – People’s Daily (CHN)
06/01/12
Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks Thursday with his Namibian counterpart, Utoni Nujoma, on bilateral friendly relations.

China Increases Funding for TVET School – New Times (RWA)
06/01/12
China has increased the budget for the construction of a Technical and Vocational Education Training (TVET) model school in Musanze to 80 million Chinese Yuan (approximately Rwf7.6 billion), up from the over 60 million Yuan announced previously.

Chinese Experts On the Way – New Era (NAM)
06/01/12
A team of Chinese experts is expected in the country early next month to inspect Namibia’s abattoirs and fish processing plants, before the implementation of the export agreement for livestock and fish products between the two countries.

China Defends Local Interests – New Era (NAM)
06/01/12
Visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi yesterday strongly defended his country’s investment in Namibia amidst accusations that Chinese firms are among the worst violators of local labour laws.

King Cobra and the Dragon – Al Jazeera
05/01/12
China’s increasing engagement with Africa has become a subject of great controversy. The country’s commercial interests in Africa have been called a new form of colonialism by some in the West, but many Africans say that China is a better partner than Europe or the US. But what is the reality in the African nations with the longest standing links to China?

Mining Group Given Deadline to Submit Requirements – Times of Zambia (ZAM)
05/01/12
The Government has given Zhonghui mining group of China, the developer of the US$690 million Ichimpe Mine in Kalulushi, up to this month end to submit all requirements needed for the development of the mine.

Nigerian President Meets Chinese Vice FM – People’s Daily (CHN)
05/01/12
Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjoon Wednesday met with visiting Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Qiao Zonghuai at the president’s hometown Ota in Nigeria’s southwestern state of Ogun.

Trade with China have greatly increased – Journal de Angola (AGO)
05/01/12
Trade between Angola and China rose 9.2 percent in the first 11 months of last year to 25.1 billion U.S. dollars, making the country the second largest economic partner of the Chinese in the Lusophone community.

Foreign Policy lists two “China-in-X” books among 25 notable books of 2011 – MqVU
04/01/2012
Thant Myint-U’s Where China meets India: Burma and the new crossroads of Asia andLa silenciosa conquista china, by Juan Pablo Cardenal y Heriberto Araújo, have been named by Foreign Policy‘s list of 25 notable books in 2011.

The Guardian blog post, China and Ethiopia – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
04/01/12
On December 30, The Guardian’s Global Development, Poverty Matters blog published a short article they had requested from me on China and Africa as part of their end of the year wrap up of development news.

Cote d’Ivoire president meets Chinese FM on bilateral ties – Xinhua (CHN)
04/01/12
Cote d’Ivoire President Alassane Ouattara held talks here on Tuesday with visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi on bilateral relations.

New Bridge to Last Over a Century If… – New Democrat (LBR)
04/01/12
The lifespan of the Vaitown bridge dedicated and christened Zolu Duma Bridge last Friday is one century if properly maintained, engineers of the China Henan International Cooperation (CHICO) who constructed the structure have disclosed.

Chinese FM: China willing to push forward ties with Cote d’Ivoire – Xinhua (CHN)
04/01/12
China is willing to work with Cote d’Ivoire to promote bilateral ties, visiting Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Tuesday when meeting with his Ivorian counterpart Daniel Kablan Duncan.

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