05/01/2013 to 11/01/2013

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 China provides $4.5m in support to Liberian army – Star Africa

China has a long history of military support to Africa, including many regimes not favoured North American and European powers. However support for Liberia’s military will be vital for maintaining peace after the eventual draw down of the United Nations peacekeeping force in the country. China has already invested large sums renovating government buildings and a major university.

 Is US FDI to Africa more transparent than China’s? – China in Africa: The Real Story

Deborah Brautigam points out that for all of the talk of China being un-transparent, in publication of FDI figures they are ahead of the game. Beijing takes a relatively open stance on it’s FDI whereas the US and UK often hide levels of investment in many African countries.

 China rejects claims of producing fake medicine for Africa – The Guardian (GBR)

The Chinese government struggle to reject claims by the Guardian that many of the counterfeit medicines in Africa are manufactured in China. This is another example of the difficulty the Chinese government faces in trying to control the full breadth of China inc..

 SA starting to unlock Chinese market, says Davies – Business Day (ZAF)

South Africa is making strong efforts to access China’s consumer market, and with developed wine making industry, and others well suited to developed markets, they may well be successful. The big question is whether South Africa and other African countries can develop more value added exports that the rest of the world wants, to relieve the reliance on primary resources. 

 China helping Uganda improve road network – New Vision (UGA)

We read a lot of big numbers associated with China’s investment’s in Africa, but sometimes one loses a sense of the scale. To put in in more basic terms, this article reports that China has recently sent 159 graders, 257 tipper trucks, 12 wheel loaders, six dozers, seven excavators and two low loaders to support Uganda’s road infrastructure alone. This for a road building project in a relatively small country.

 China’s Experience, Not Western Model, Good for Africa – FOCAC

Interesting article about the reasons why the Western model is often not the right one for Africa. What is also interesting is the ever more frequent use of Western academics and experts making positive arguments about China’s impact in Africa in Chinese news sources.

Politics                                                                                                                 

China’s Experience, Not Western Model, Good for Africa – FOCAC
09/01/2013
With African countries making great strides in building their economies, they should find solutions for their problems in their own way, as China has been doing, advised Sir David King, the director of the Smith School of Enterprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

What Africa must learn from China – New Vision (UGA)
08/01/2013
AS you approach Guangzhou airport the view of a modern city covering 7,434 square km captures 30-years of China’s economic development. Guangzhou, the capital city of Guangdong province in China, has trade links with Africa. About 350,000 Africans visited the province in 2010 for business and several others work there.

China’s experience, not Western model, good for Africa – scholars – The Rwanda Focus (RWA)
07/01/2013
With African countries making great strides in building their econ­omies, they should find solutions for their problems in their own way, as China has been doing, advised Sir David King, the di­rector of the Smith School of En­terprise and the Environment at the University of Oxford.

Much to celebrate, but much to work on – China Daily (CHN)
04/01/2013
As the relationship between China and Africa has blossomed in recent years, one area that has attracted particular attention is investment. Chinese investment in the continent has not only contributed to the development of both parties, but has implications, strategic and otherwise, worldwide. However, with the amount involved now at historic highs, it is urgent that China upgrade its investment in Africa so as to promote sustainable development.

China helping African consolidation – FOCAC
04/01/2013
James Shikwati believes China is now helping realize Africa’s founding fathers’ vision of the continent after independence. The 43-year-old director of the Nairobi-based think tank Inter Region Economic Network says China’s involvement in Africa is leading to the sort of unification of the whole continent that was the aim of the post-colonial leaders of the 1950s and 1960s.

Roundtable Conference on China-Africa Cooperation held – FOCAC
04/01/2013
The Third Roundtable Conference on China-Africa Cooperation was held in Wanning City of Hainan Province on November 27th and 28th, 2012. The conference hosted by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Association of Former DiplomatsofChinaand Hainan Provincial People’s Government and sponsored by Yinsai Investment Group,was attended by over 400 people.

China, Nigeria Have Vast Potential for Economic Co-operation – FOCAC
31/12/2012
The Sales Manager for Sub-Saharan Africa of ZOOMLION, Mr Harold Guo, says Nigeria and China have vast potential for economic cooperation. Guo said this in Abuja at an exhibition held by ZOOMLION, a Chinese manufacturer of construction machinery and sanitation equipment.

Why Africans should not fear the Chinese – Daily Nation (KEN)
24/12/2012
Africans must prepare to intelligently participate in the emerging new world order that includes China over the traditional Western hegemony.  History points at the disastrous outcome of ethnic-based economies that led to a few Europeans dominating the continent.

China calls for enhanced regional cooperation to deal with challenges in Central Africa – FOCAC
21/12/2012
China on Tuesday called on regional countries to enhance cooperation in order to deal with the threats and challenges facing Central Africa. Wang Min, China’s deputy permanent representative to the UN, made the statement at an open Security Council meeting on the situation in Central Africa.

China as Development Aid Actor in Africa – Amb. David Sinn
20/12/2012
Oxford University’s China Africa Network (OUCAN) hosted a symposium on 14 March 2012 titled “China as a Development Aid Actor: Rethinking Development Assistance and its Implications for Africa and the West.”

China, Sudan and Zimbabwe – Amb. David Shinn
19/12/2012
Louis Jacobson, writing on 5 December 2012 for PolitiFact.com, asked me to comment on US interaction with China on Sudan and Zimbabwe. I commented that collaboration on Sudan has been positive while there has been little agreement on the situation in Zimbabwe.

Opinion: China’s positive spin on Africa – CNN 
19/12/2012
Last week, Beijing’s leading English-language newspaper, China Daily, begun publishing a weekly Africa edition, focusing on financial news and targeting Africa’s growing middle class.

Agriculture                                                                                                           

Nigeria seeks financial support to boost agriculture sector – FOCAC
20/12/2012
The Nigerian government on Friday called on local and foreign financial institutions to utilize the financing opportunities in the country’s agriculture industry. Minister of Agriculture Akinwumi Adesina made the call in Lagos, Nigeria’s commercial hub, at a national workshop organized by the Security and Exchange Commission (SEC).

China launches African agriculture, forestry research center – Shanghai Daily (CHN)
17/12/2012
China’s first research institution on African agriculture and forestry was launched in east China’s Zhejiang Province on Sunday.

Finance and Banking                                                                                           

Ivory Coast signs $500m loan deal with China’s Exim – Engineering news (ZAF)
10/01/2013
Ivory Coast’s government has agreed a $500-million low-interest loan from China’s Export-Import Bank to finance construction of a 275 MW hydropower station near the western town of Soubre.

Sudan gets $1.5bn loan from Chinese bank – Business Day (ZAF)
09/01/2013
SUDAN has secured a $1.5bn loan from a Chinese bank that was guaranteed by state oil firm China National Petroleum Corp, Sudan’s finance minister said on Wednesday.

Is US FDI to Africa more transparent than China’s? – China in Africa: The Real Story
07/01/2013
I have long made the point that the Chinese data on foreign direct investment (FDI) to Africa does not reflect the reality. Yes, official data is openly published (unlike aid, which remains very secretive). And yes, since 2002, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce has reported outward FDI using the standard OECD/IMF definitions of FDI.

Turkey flexes economic muscle in Africa – Financial Times (GBR)
06/01/2013
Selim Bora had never been south of the Sahara before the call came to design and build the conference centre for an African Union summit in just six months. But a week later the 43-year-old Turkish businessman was in Equatorial Guinea. Summa, his family-owned company, managed to construct the 13,000-square-metre complex in time for the 2011 AU summit in Malabo.

Manufacturing                                                                                                      

Chinese manufacturers to bank on African markets – FOCAC
31/12/2012
Liugong Machinery Co has listed Africa as one of its “second home markets”, along with Southeast Asia, Russia and Central Asia.(Photo/China Daily). Due to sluggish domestic demand, Chinese manufacturers are targeting African markets for profits, report Wang Chao and Huo Yan in Liuzhou, Guangxi

Mining and Metals                                                                                                

Coal of Africa shares up – Business Report (ZAF)
09/01/2013
Johannesburg-listed shares of Coal of Africa jump more than 7 percent in relatively heavy trade after the coal mining and exploration company says Beijing Haohua Energy Resources has won Chinese regulatory approval to invest $100 million in it.

Chinese mining firm in Upper East to start production this year – Ghana Web (GHN)
07/01/2013
Shaanxi Mining Company Limited, a subsidiary of China Gold Resources Group Company Limited is supporting two small scale firms in the Talensi District of the Upper East Region to start production this year, 2013.

Japan and China to compete for Zimbabwean coal – The Africa Report
03/01/2013
Energy experts believe, because of its coal deposits, Zimbabwe has the capacity to become the largest independent power producing country in the region outside South Africa, but capacity constraints hamper exploration and exports.

China firm to acquire major African iron ore mine – Miami Herald (USA)
29/12/2012
A privately owned Chinese company is finalizing the acquisition of an Australian mining firm that controls a major iron ore mine in west Africa, a move that would give China a stronger role in setting global iron ore prices, China’s official Xinhua News Agency reported Saturday.

China-Africa Sunlight coal exploration project launched in Zimbabwe – FOCAC
24/12/2012
A large-scale Sino-Zimbabwe joint coal exploration project, dubbed China-Africa Sunlight Exploration, broke the ground in Zimbabwe’s western province of Matabeleland North on Wednesday. The project, with an investment of up to 2 billion U.S. dollars, was a joint venture between Zimbabwe’s Oldstone Investments (pvt) Ltd and a Chinese state-owned company Shandong Taishan Sunlight Group Co. Ltd.

Oil and Energy                                                                                                     

Oil and gas discoveries make East Africa a rich hunting ground for global explorers – Business Daily (KEN)
31/12/2012
East Africa’s oil and gas potential has been compared to the gold rush in South Africa —where production of the commodity went from zero in 1886 to 23 per cent of the global supply in just 10 years.

Trade                                                                                                                    

SA starting to unlock Chinese market, says Davies – Business Day (ZAF)
11/01/2013
The government is making some headway in getting China to open its huge market to South Africa’s value-added goods such as wines and not just to raw materials, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies said in an interview this week.

Fake goods may undo China-Africa trade – Global Times (CHN)
06/01/2013
Trade between China and Africa has been one of the dominant issues on the table this decade. Many high-level meetings have been conducted seeking to liberalize movement of goods in these regions. The talks formed part of the wider plan for the realization of South-South trade. The new route has huge potential but only if barriers are cut, subsidies handled prudently and red tape cleared.

Chinese exports to Africa still rising – Business Report (ZAF)
04/01/2013
Expectations that sales of China’s manufactured goods to Africa would shrink have been misplaced, according to Standard Bank researchers Simon Freemantle and Jeremy Stevens.

China-Africa trade likely to hit record high – FOCAC
28/12/2012
China’s foreign trade with African countries may hit a record high this year as a result of favorable trade policies, the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) said Thursday. Trade between China and African countries reached 163.9 billion U.S. dollars in the first ten months, up 20 percent year on year, the MOC said.

Transport and Infrastructure                                                                                 

Chinese building loan hits snag – The Namibian (NAM)
07/01/2013
THE Namibian government is stalling on two Chinese loans allegedly because the borrowing costs are too high and other terms are stacked against the country’s policies.

China helping Uganda improve road network – New Vision (UGA)
30/12/2012
Economic experts argue that Uganda’s poor road network is one of the major bottlenecks to unlocking Uganda’s economic potential. Experts said if this poor road infrastructure is addressed, Uganda’s economic potential, owing to its geographical centrality on the African continent, can be unlocked, boosting both intra-regional trade and domestic trade.

Rwanda, China Sign $19M Development Agreements – News of Rwanda (RWA)
21/12/2012
The Government of Rwanda and the People’s Republic of China have signed three interest free agreements worth Yuan 120 million ($19 million). The agreements were signed by the Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, Hon. Louise Mushikiwabo and the Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, Shu Zhan.

Is China Really Building 100 Dams in Africa? – China in Africa: The Real Story
13/12/2012
I’ve just seen a short article on the website of the Oxford University China-Africa Networkstating that Beijing is involved in “more than 100 dams” in Africa. Really? Here’s what the author, Dr. Harry Verhoeven, says: “Beijing especially is using its formidable technical expertise in hydro-infrastructure and immense foreign reserves to resurrect dam-building overseas: in half of all African countries, from the Sudanese desert and the Ethiopian lowlands to the rivers of Algeria and Gabon, Chinese engineers are involved in the planning, heightening and building of more than 100 dams.

Defence                                                                                                                

China provides $4.5m in support to Liberian army – Star Africa
28/12/2012
According to media reports Friday, the Chinese and Liberians signed the agreement at the AFL’s 2012 Affiliation Day ceremony held at the Edward Binyan Kessely Military Barracks in Schiefflin, Margibi County located about 20 kilometers east of the capital Monrovia late on Thursday.

China to reinforce military cooperation with Cote d’Ivoire – Xinhua.net (CHN)
20/12/2012
China plans to boost military cooperation with Cote d’Ivoire and help with the training of soldiers and security in the West African country, which is recovering from the aftermath of the 2010-2011 post-election violence.

Media                                                                                                                   

China’s first institute for African media research established at the Communication University of China – Chinafrica Project (CHN)
09/01/2013
This morning, China’s first institute for African media research — the Africa Communication Research Center — was declared open in the lecture hall of the New Library at the Communication University of China.

China expands media reach in Africa – Deutshe Welle (GER)
08/01/2013
With the introduction of a radio broadcaster, news agency, TV station and newspaper to the African market, the reach of Chinese media is rapidly expanding. Some say China aims to dominate the African media sector.

Role of China in African Media – Amb. David Shinn
19/12/2012
The Oxford University China Africa Network hosted on 9 November 2012 a conference on “New Trends in African Media: The Growing Role of China.” Iginio Gagliardone and Harry Verhoeven prepared a brief conference report that pointed out speakers and audience members underscored China’s intentions to cast Africa and Africans in a more positive light.

Society                                                                                                                 

China, Africa should jointly fight fake drugs – People’s Daily (CHN)
10/01/2013
An investigative report carried by the People’s Daily, theflagship newspaper of the Communist Party of China, on Wednesday called for jointefforts by China and Africa to eradicate the circulation of fake drugs.

Africa and the new white man’s burden – The Guardian (GBR)
28/12/2012
A few weeks ago, I met a Briton who works in Nigeria for an international aid organisation. He was young, enthusiastic and knowledgeable about my country, a combination rare in these isles. We spoke of Nollywood and Third Mainland Bridgetraffic, and finally of a project that had taken years to plan and research.

China rejects claims of producing fake medicine for Africa – The Guardian (GBR)
28/12/2012
China has denied allegations that it has been exporting huge amounts of counterfeit medication to Africa, threatening public health in east Africa, five days after the Guardian published a front page exposé on the phenomenon.

Culture clouds Chinese in West Africa – Global Times (CHN)
25/12/2012
Three decades ago, China under the leadership of Deng Xiaoping underwent major transformations. Major social and economic reforms were introduced aimed at making the country a market economy and global player.

Africa and China: Workers face clash of cultures – BBC News (GBR)
25/12/2012
China’s new leadership has made it clear that it is still committed to developing its interests in Africa. The Chinese ambassador to South Africa has said the relationship “will enter a new stage of development” and China will always be “a good brother of the African people”.

China’s Health Aid in Africa: Good Intentions, Bad Drugs – China Digital Times (CHN)
24/12/2012
China Daily’s Africa edition, launched last week, is just the latest component of a long-running soft power campaign. China has been sending medical teams to Africa for almost 50 years, and has 42 currently at work around the continent. From Kathleen McLaughlin at the Pulitzer Center.