06/09/2011 to 12/09/2011

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  China targets civil society in final onslaught on West’s hold in Africa -Daily Nation (KEN)

 Is the West losing out to China in Africa? -CNN (USA)

 China, Russia use struggle ticket to get uranium -The Namibian (NAM)

 Laid off workers pelt bosses with cotton -Times of Swaziland (SWZ)

 Questions raised after Chinese win big tenders -New Era (NAM)

 ‘Chinese contractors abuse local employees’ -Newsday (ZWE)

 

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Uganda to miss digital deadline -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
10/09/2011
As Huawei Technologies hits trouble in Uganda, Chinese communications projects encounter legal problems from East Africa down to Southern Africa.

Raids and rivalries -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
10/09/2011
A raid on telecoms company ZTE has called attention to illegal immigration and the rough competition between Chinese companies in South Africa.

Build a better arms regime -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
10/09/2011
Countries are calling for a new arms treaty which incorporates human-rights provisions, but China is wary

Arms trade treaty timetable -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
10/09/2011
December 2006: Argentina, Australia, Britain, Costa Rica, Finland, Japan and Kenya author Resolution 61/89, ‘Toward an arms trade treaty: establishing common international standards for the import, export and transfer of conventional arms’.

Towering trade -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
10/09/2011
As Africa’s trade with China continues to top its trade with the United States and former colonial powers, African bankers are calling for a united African front.

Get in line -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
10/09/2011
Asian partners are queuing up in Juba to offer South Sudan, the world’s newest state, aid, peacekeepers and trade

A friend in need -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
10/09/2011
With most of Sudan’s known oil reserves now belonging to the South Sudan government in Juba, the Sudanese government needs China even more. For Beijing, though, Khartoum may now be a less meaningful ally.

Ready, able and unlikely -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
10/09/2011
Officials at Taiwan’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) are playing down reports that the government is mulling a naval escort for its ships facing the threat of piracy in the Gulf of Aden.

Highway to development  -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
10/09/2011
Accra plans to use Chinese loans to integrate the Northern Region into the booming southern economy.

Sino-Africa cooperation ought to be further developed amid uncertain global economy: minister -Xinhua (CHN)
09/09/2011
China and Africa need to cooperate with each other and promote common development amid the uncertainty of the world’s economic recovery, China’s Minister of Commerce Chen Deming said Thursday.

Chinese investment buoys Africa’s economy -Xinhua (CHN)
09/09/2011
Although Africa is a diverse continent, containing a variety of countries and cultures, the representatives of African countries do have one thing in common: their desire to attract Chinese investment.

Chinese cultural group thrills audience in Nairobi -Xinhua (CHN)
09/09/2011
China’s civilization and its culture manifested themselves in Nairobi on Thursday night when Gansu Art Troupe from China performed to a packed auditorium of the Chinese community residents in Kenya and the University of Nairobi students at the college grounds.

ZACCI Calls for Govt – China Solutions -Times of Zambia (ZAM)
09/09/2011
THE Zambia Association of Chambers of Commerce and Industry has called for more innovative solutions and ensure smooth flow of trade between Zambia and China.

Chinese envoy commends Rwanda’s investment climate -New Times (RWA)
09/09/2011
The Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, Shu Zhan, has commended Rwanda for creating an investment friendly environment.

Ecobank signs agreement with Bank of China -New Times (RWA)
09/09/2011
Ecobank Rwanda will benefit from the co-operation agreement signed between its parent company, Ecobank Group, and the Bank of China

China targets civil society in final onslaught on West’s hold in Africa -Daily Nation (KEN)
09/09/2011
China is targeting civil society — seen as the last frontier in its broader strategy of challenging the West for global hegemony, obtaining resources and new export markets to feed its rapidly expanding economy.

Is the West losing out to China in Africa? -CNN (USA)
09/09/2011
With Chinese yuan and Indian rupees increasingly finding their way into Africa’s economies, Western powers are worried that they are losing influence in the resource-rich continent, according to analysts.

Abule-Oko residents battle Chinese firm over waste water -Nigerian Tribune (NGA)
09/09/2011
Residents of Abule-Oko, Magboro, a community in Obafemi Owode Local Government Area of Ogun State are at loggerheads with a Chinese company located in the area for channelling its waste water to the village.

Chinese imports hit Ceramic Industries -Business Day (ZAF)
09/09/2011
Despite difficult environment the factories delivered an acceptable performance, Pegasus manufacturing plant operating at 95% capacity

Chinese Offers Scholarships to UL -The New Dawn (LBR)
08/09/2011
The Chinese government has donated 23 scholarships to the University of Liberia for deserving students in the college of Agriculture and Forestry and T. J Faulkner College of Science and Technology.

Marshalls Loses Chinese Auto Firm’s Franchise Deal -Business Daily (KEN)
08/09/2011
Marshalls East Africa has suffered a blow in its quest to get a large share of the heavy commercial vehicle market after a Chinese firm dropped it from a joint venture.

Wikileaks: China gave Uganda uncertified malaria drugs -The Monitor (UGA)

08/09/2011
China sponsored tests of an anti-malaria drug on patients in Mulago Hospital even when the drug had not been approved by the World Health Organisation for use, leaked US cables reveal.

BoG warned against investing in China -Ghana Web (GHN)
08/09/2011
Economist and Director of the Centre for Policy Analysis, Dr Joe Abbey has advised the Bank of Ghana against following the Nigerian Central Bank’s footsteps to invest some of its foreign exchange reserves into Chinese Yuan.

China, Russia use struggle ticket to get uranium -The Namibian (NAM)
07/09/2011
The Chinese and Russians are cashing in on their liberation struggle ties with Swapo to get a piece of Namibia’s growing uranium pie, Trade and Industry Minister Hage Geingob admitted to the US government in 2009.

Sanusi sees China yuan becoming reserve currency -The Nation (NGA)
07/09/2011
China’s yuan will inevitably become a global reserve currency, Central Bank Governor, Lamido Sanusi said, adding that the country’s need to diversify reserves grew more urgent after one credit agency stripped the United States of its top-notch debt rating.

Chinese seek to boost ICT sector -The Monitor (UGA)
07/09/2011
Joint ventures between local and foreign companies will help enhance information and communication technologies (ICTs) in Uganda.

World Bank Pushes (?) China to Offshore Manufacturing to Africa -China in Africa: The Real Story
07/09/2011
World Bank president Robert Zoellick has taken on the idea that China is restructuring, and that some of the lower-end manufacturing jobs will be going abroad. Why not to Africa?

China-Africa relations: Far cry from Western colonialism -People’s Daily (CHN)
07/09/2011
The West has never stopped criticizing China for developing relations with Africa.Certain Western officials and scholars recently even went so far as to blame China for the famine in the Horn of Africa.

China, India replace Britain as Kenya’s top sources of FDI -Business Daily (KEN)
07/09/2011
Kenya’s sharp turn to the East for business and development financing under the Kibaki government has toppled European countries from their long-held position as the country’s leading sources of foreign investment.

South African union slams Chinese-made jerseys -Sydney Morning Herald (AUS)
07/09/2011
South African labour unions Tuesday demanded that the national rugby federation apologise for importing Springbok jerseys from China in the run-up to the World Cup.

Laid off workers pelt bosses with cotton -Times of Swaziland (SWZ)
07/09/2011
Police were called in as Kang-Fa Textile Com-pany workers pelted their directors and the human resources manager with boxes of cotton after the company retrenched them.

Pipe Mill – Chinese Firm to Create 5,000 Jobs -This Day (NGA)
06/09/2011
The longitudinal submerged arc-welded pipe mill to be set up in Nigeria by Jiangsu Yulong Steel Pipe Company of China would employ, at least, 5,000 people directly and indirectly

Lu Junqing, the new Liu Jianjun? -Exporting China’s Development to the World
06/09/2011
One of Lu Junqing’s posts waxes lyrical about businessmen who donated (or pledged to donate) 15 million yuan to Project Hope Africa but “couldn’t bear to spend 40,000 yuan” on a business-class ticket to Africa, which sees as an example of modesty. “Actually, many people don’t understand how lovely we Chinese entrepreneurs are,” he concludes.

Gold One gets nod for Chinese takeover -Business Report (ZAF)
06/09/2011
Australia and South Africa-listed Gold One International said on Tuesday that Namibian regulators had given the greenlight to its takeover by a Chinese consortium, removing one small hurdle to complete the transaction.

Transnet buys Chinese cranes to revive floundering Durban terminal -Engineering News (ZAF)
06/09/2011
Freight logistics group Transnet confirmed on Tuesday that it had signed an agreement with the Shanghai Zhenhua Heavy Industries Company (ZPMC), of China, for the supply of seven tandem lift ship-to-shore cranes for the Durban Container Terminal’s underperforming Pier 2.

US closely monitoring Sino-Namibia relations -The Namibian (NAM)
06/09/2011
Notes from the US Embassy in Windhoek released on Wikileaks last month show that America is closely monitoring Namibia’s relationship with China with – perhaps – a growing sense of unease.

Ministry of Works wants tender exemption for Chinese contractor -The Namibian (NAM)
06/09/2011
THE Ministry of Works and Transport is nagging the Tender Board to grant an exemption of a N$40 million tender for it to be awarded to a Chinese construction company.

Chinese firms must tread lightly when investing overseas -People’s Daily (CHN)
06/09/2011
According to the latest information from the Ministry of Commerce, Chinese enterprises are implementing and deepening the “going global” strategy. Although the environment is more favorable, the enterprises will also face frequent risks at the same time.

China, U.S. in Stiff Competition Over Untamed Africa -The Herald (ZWE)
06/09/2011
Africa has of late remained in the spotlight of the world because of its vast and untapped natural resources, which are critical to global economic turnaround. This is what has brought competition between China and America as they try to outwit each other and win the hearts of African governments, especially those with vast untapped resources

Wikileaks: Kufour’s corrupt empire exposed -Ghana Web (GHN)
06/09/2011
44. The editor of the Enquirer, who has been very aggressive in reporting on high level corruption, told PolChief on November 25 that he has faced serious pressure from the president and his staff to back off of corruption stories, especially related to his investigation of the Confederation of African Football stadium deal (which implicates the GOG in accepting bribes from the Chinese) and the presidency’s alleged use of procurement kickbacks to fund the ruling party.

Alarm Blow!• Over Minister’s BMW Car Gift -Peace FM (GHN)
05/09/2011
Joe Gidisu, Minister of Roads and Highways’ dream of riding a $166,000 state-of-the-art BMW 7 series, 2010 model car, a ‘token’ from a Chinese contractor, has been dashed as President Atta Mills has ordered the seizure of the vehicle.

Rural telephony RIP-OFF -Sun News (NGA)
05/09/2011
Nigeria-China $200 million deal to install phones in villages still without results 10 years later.

Elders: we must appease the god of the rivers -The Nation (NGA)
05/09/2011
Until two days ago, residents of Apete, one of the areas worst hit by the devastating floods in Ibadan, could not easily  move in and out of the community. All that ended on Saturday when the Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company opened a new bridge for them.

Dalai Lama will get SA visa – centre -News 24 (ZAF)
05/09/2011
Johannesburg – The Desmond Tutu Peace Centre has expressed confidence that a visa will be granted to the Dalai Lama to visit South Africa next month.

SA wine — the perfect Chinese present -Business Day (ZAF)
05/09/2011
Almost all Chinese wine gifts consist of imported wines and buyers look for impressive packaging.

Questions raised after Chinese win big tenders -New Era (NAM)
05/09/2011
The two billion-dollar tenders awarded to Chinese companies recently have raised questions of whether local construction companies would be given the chance to work along experienced foreign contractors.

Africa Magazine Special: Taking Pride in China-Africa Friendship -Africa Magazine
05/09/2011
There goes the allegation that the interests of the African people are not always in China’s mind when it makes investment in or provides aid to Africa, or “neo-colonialism” is rearing its head on the African continent.

Africa calls and young entrepreneurs heed – (CHN)
05/09/2011
The first thing 23-year-old Yu Yichao and her year older fiance, Yang Wei, did after their engagement in May was get packed and board a plane for Ghana in West Africa.

‘Chinese contractors abuse local employees’ -Newsday (ZWE)
04/09/2011
Players in the construction industry have accused Chinese contractors of abusing local employees.