05/04/2011 to 11/04/2011

Take firm stand against China – Malema -The Sunday Independent (ZAF)
11/04/2011
ANC Youth League president Julius Malema has accused China of using South Africa to extract Africa’s wealth of mineral resources without offering anything in return.

China resells S.Africa coal into Europe -Reuters
11/04/2011
At least four capesize cargoes of South African coal have been sold back to the original sellers by Chinese buyers during the past month and all are coming to Europe, said sources familiar with the deals.

Chinese manufacturers go local in battle for Kenya’s consumers -Business Daily (KEN)
11/04/2011
Chinese manufacturers are setting up local production plants, signalling a change of tack in the battle for control of Kenya’s consumer market they have been serving through direct imports.

Africans scratch themselves as France, China run amok -The East African (KEN)
11/04/2011
Africa’s new ticket out of hell was supposed to be China. There are problems with China’s game in Africa, but on the whole it has built roads, dams, government offices, in ways that were thought impossible in the days when the West was Africa’s dominant business partner.

China-Africa trade hits $127bn mark -East African Business Week
11/04/2011
From $7.3 billion in 2000, the China-Africa trade volumes hit a record high of $127 billion in 2010,

Africa should learn from Chinese process of social transformation -The Standard (KEN)
11/04/2011
Close to thirty years ago China was regarded globally as a country so bogged down with poverty and underdevelopment that the West regarded her as a danger to world peace

China’s Vice President calls for stability in West Asia, North Africa -Xinhua (CHN)
11/04/2011
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Tuesday appealed for early stability in West Asia and North Africa.

China in Africa part 3: Mozambique -Times Live (ZAF)
10/04/2011
Kevin Bloom and Richard Poplak see the devastation wrought by a middle class’s insatiable demand for shark fins

Deputy Minister commends China News Agency -Ghana Broadcasting Corporation (GHN)
10/04/2011
A Deputy Minister for Information, Samuel Okudjeto-Ablakwa, has commended the China News Agency, Xinhua, for its efforts to promote the positive image of Ghana and Africa to the world through accurate news reportage.

China cracks down on fake products -New Times (RWA)
10/04/2011
Chinese nationals caught exporting counterfeit and substandard products to Uganda are to be imprisoned for 20 years.This is one of the new measures China has announced to curb the vice.

Western loan sharks blame China for Africa’s debt traps -Global Times (CHN)
10/04/2011
The London-based Financial Times reported that, in the past two years, loans offered by China to the developing countries had surpassed the total loan amount provided by the World Bank to the developing countries in the same period. Some are blaming China for exploiting heavily indebted countries for profit, leaving them further trapped by the loans.

Revenue Taskforce invades Chinese Restaurant for VAT offence -Ghana Web (GHN)
09/04/2011
GNA 96A special exercise embarked upon by personnel of the Value Added Tax (VAT), Operations of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) and the Police Service revealed that Tiantai, an Accra-based Chinese restaurant was operating without issuing VAT invoices.

China ranks Zambia among the top 10 in copper exports -Steel Guru (IND)
09/04/2011
China, key consumer of Zambia’s merchandised products ranked the Southern African nation among the top 10 country in Africa in copper exports to the Far East Asian super power with products imported in excess of USD 1 billion during the last decade.

China’s Equinox play part of deeper strategy in Africa -The Globe and Mail (CAN)
08/04/2011
China Minmetals Corp.’s plan to take over Canada’s Equinox Minerals Ltd. marks a turning point in China’s ambitions to create a world-class mining giant, while signalling the country’s growing influence as a “soft power” in a slew of resource-rich African countries.

Sata condemns DPP for freeing Chinese nationals -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
08/04/2011
Patriotic Front Leader Michael Sata has condemned the decision by Director of Public of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Chalwe Mchenga to enter a Nolle Prosequi in a case involving two Chinese nationals who shot at 13 miners at Column Coal mine in Sinazongwe district.

Chinese company produces 1mln carats -The Zimbabwe Guardian (ZWE)
08/04/2011
Chinese mining company Anjin has produced 1 million carats of diamonds so far from a mine in Marange district.

Chinese vehicle brand manager plans new double-cab pick-up entry -Engineering News (ZAF)
08/04/2011
Amalgamated Automobile Distributors (AAD), importer of the Chinese Foton brand, will launch a new luxury double-cab pick-up in the South African market in the next 12 months.

China’s and North Africa’s revolutions -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn
08/04/2011
The April 8, 2011 issue of China Brief published by the Jamestown Foundation contains an article that I wrote on the challenges that China faces following the revolutions and protests in North Africa.

Civil society and emerging powers in Africa -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn  
07/04/2011
Fahamu established the Emerging Powers in Africa Initiative in 2008 in order to obtain a better understanding of the comparative impact and engagement of emerging powers in Africa on issues dealing with social justice and civil society. Much of its research has focused on China and India.

Chinese Bid for Uranium Shares -New Era (NAM)
07/04/2011
Extracting the largest discovered uranium deposits in the country by Swakop Uranium requires N$12 billion, funds which Extract Resources, owners of the mine are confident they will raise before commissioning the mine in 33 months.

Bizman, others remanded in prison over $.7m fraud -The Vanguard (NGA)
07/04/2011
The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) yesterday arraigned a businessman, Henry Akinduro, his company, His Grace Integrated Solution Limited, and two others before Justice Funmilayo Akinlade of the Lagos High Court, Ikeja over alleged forgery, stealing and conspiracy.

Libya rebel oil cargo China-bound -Reuters

07/04/2011
China will buy the first oil cargo from Libyan rebels via trading house Vitol, sources said on Thursday, in a trial deal which is likely to clear the way for Europe to resume badly-needed purchases of Libyan oil.

Escort fleet of the Chinese Navy began visit to South Africa -Ministry of Foreign Affairs (CHN)
06/04/2011
Two Chinese navy vessels, the FFG (guided missile frigate) Zhoushan and the FFG Xuzhou of China’s 7th Escort Task Force, docked in Durban on Monday, 4 April 2011, for a friendly visit that comes after concluding anti-piracy duties off the Somalia coast.

ANC PBF strengthens ties with Chinese -PoliticsWeb (ZAF)
06/04/2011
The ANC’s Progressive Business Forum (PBF) met in Cape Town recently with the China Council for the Promotion of International Trade (CCPIT).

Behind China’s secret aid program, debt looms -The Drum (USA)
06/04/2011
Somewhat incredibly, China still regards the details of its aid program as a state secret. Around the world this approach has raised concerns about its agenda and led to frenzied estimates of the scale of its generosity.

The Emperor’s new chrome -MineWeb (ZAF)
05/04/2011
Alexis Assimacopoulos investigates the lack of transparency in released data on Chinese high carbon ferrochrome production and its effects on South Africa, the world’s largest producer, in particular.

From Beijing With Weapons -Zambian Economist (ZAM)
05/04/2011
Zambia Army Commander Lieutenant General Wisdom Lop in Beijing on Saturday with Chinese Defense Minister Liang Guanglie as they sought to “strengthen military cooperation”. Why Zambia needs to expand its military cooperation with Beijing I have no idea.

China, India Seeking Coal From South Africa, Universal Says -Bloomberg (USA)
05/04/2011
China and India, Asia’s two fastest- growing economies, are seeking to invest in coal assets in South Africa to diversify supplies after disruptions in output from Australia and Indonesia, said Universal Coal Ltd.

China buying up resource-rich Africa, Zimbabwe in particular -World Tribune (USA)
05/04/2011
The People’s Republic of China has gone on a buying spree on the resource-rich but economically underdeveloped African continent. And central to the plan has been massive investments into raw materials as well as political influence in a number of key African states, notably Sudan, Angola, and Zimbabwe. The reasons are starkly mercantile but equally politically motivated.

China in Côte d’Ivoire: Double play -Diploweb (FRA)
03/04/2011
Crisis in Côte d’Ivoire. Politically, China should be pro-Ouattara. Geopolitically and economically, China is rather “pro-Gbagbo”. The author illuminates the double play.