06/12/2011 to 12/12/2011

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 China’s Trade Investment In Ghana $2.5bn In Nine Months – Ghana Web (GHA)

 China refines overseas oil grab strategy – Reuters

 Who Benefits From Chinese Investment in Mauritius? – Think Africa Press

 US Eximbank versus China Eximbank – Deborah Brautigam’s blog

 Way Paved for Chinese Take-Over of Husab – The Namibian (NAM)

 Meles says Chinese banks playing key role in Ethiopia’s dev’t – Walta Into (ETH)

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China’s Trade Investment In Ghana $2.5bn In Nine Months – Ghana Web (GHA)
11/12/11
China’s trade investment in Ghana’s economy in the first three quarters of this year amounted to $2.5 billion.

SA woman to be executed by lethal injection – IOL (ZAF)
11/12/11
A South African woman is due to be executed by the Chinese government for smuggling drugs into that country, eNews channel reported on Sunday.

Zuma should intervene in SA woman’s execution: DA – IOL (ZAF)
11/12/11
President Jacob Zuma should make a last minute attempt to save the life of a South African woman condemned to death in China for drug smuggling, the DA said on Sunday.

Homos in Kimonos? Yes, it’s MCQP time! – IOL (ZAF)
10/12/11
Dragons are being “maid” by hand, Ninja outfits and panda bears are flying off the shelves and short black wigs have sold out at some party shops as Cape Town braces for the country’s biggest costume party.

Tenancy row puts the brakes on motor firm’s Sh4bn investment – The Daily Nation (KEN)
10/12/11
The Chinese government has temporarily applied the brakes on local expansion plans of the world’s biggest truck manufacturer by sales volume as they wait to see how the tenancy dispute between it and Marshalls East Africa over a building near the Nyayo Stadium roundabout on Mombasa Road, Nairobi, will be resolved.

China’s Commitment Renewed – New Dawn (LBR)
10/12/11
An outgoing Chinese diplomat has renewed his country’s commitment to the economic growth and development of Liberia. Liberia, he noted, has great potentials to move forward.

London Debate on the Motion: “Beware the Dragon: Africa Should Not Look to China” – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
09/12/11
I spent my birthday (!) last week debating the motion: “Beware the Dragon: Africa Should Not Look to China” at an Intelligence Squared event at Cadogan Hall in London.

Govt, China Bound By U.S. 9.0 Billion Accords – Angola press (AGO)
09/12/11
Angola and China are bound by accords estimated at Usd 9.0 billion that will be refunded in 18 years time, Angop learned Thursday in Luanda.

Way Paved for Chinese Take-Over of Husab – The Namibian (NAM)
09/12/11
Kalahari Minerals said on yesterday it had agreed to be taken over by China Guangdong Nuclear Power Corp in a 632 million pound (US$990,6 million) deal boosting commodity-hungry China’s efforts to meet its growing energy needs.

China first choice for global listings – Business Day (ZAF)
09/12/11
T he JSE is trying to persuade African companies to dual list on its Africa Board, as well as on its main board. The JSE has so far attracted only two listings to its Africa Board.

Local people are key to firms’ success in Africa – China Daily (CHN)
09/12/11
Over the past decade, outflow of Chinese companies and investments have spread across the world. As the ties between China and African countries became increasingly closer during this period, Chinese investments achieved remarkable progress in the continent.

China sees opportunities for CDM cooperation – Engineering News (ZAF)
09/12/11
There are opportunities for cooperation between China and South Africa in both Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) capacity-building and environmental technology transfer, Energy Research Institute in the National Development and Reform Commission of China deputy director Li Jun Feng said this week.

China’s JAC to make SA comeback in 2012 – Engineering News (ZAF)
09/12/11
Chinese truck and car manufacturer JAC Motors, has announced in a statement that it will bring its light, medium and heavy commercial vehicle ranges to South Africa in 2012, in what will be a second attempt to establish the brand in the domestic market.

Zimbabwe’s government under fire for award of overseas business contracts – The Guardian (GBR)
09/12/11
Foreign deals allegedly worth more than half a billion dollars attract criticism as domestic unemployment soars

China has no colonial designs on Africa: FM – China Daily (CHN)
09/12/11
China on Thursday said it is not responsible for imposing “actually existing” neo-colonialism on Africa, dismissing earlier reports by certain Western media outlets.

China refines overseas oil grab strategy – Reuters
09/12/11
Chinese oil companies are changing their approach to investing in oil and gas projects overseas, placing more emphasis on community development and less on Beijing’s political goals.

Chinese companies ‘bleeding’ economy: Zanu PF MP – New Zimbabwe (ZWE)
09/12/11
ZANU PF legislator, Paddy Zhanda has demanded a review of China’s involvement in the economy as it emerged the government has had awarding contracts worth more than half a billion dollars to foreign companies.

Nigeria investigates ZTE cybersecurity contract – Computerworld (ZMB)
09/12/11
Nigeria’s lawmakers have given the go-ahead to a joint committee of police, public procurement, debt management and IT officials to investigate China’s ZTE over a $470 million contract for the Nation Communication Security System.

South African Visa for the Dalai Lama: It All Comes Out – Council of Foreign Relations (USA)
09/12/11
Two opposition parties, the Inkatha Freedom Party and the Congress of the People, have taken the African National Congress (ANC) government to court over its refusal to issue a visa to the Dalai Lama to attend Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s eightieth birthday celebration.

Chinese state TV unveils global expansion plan – The Guardian (GBR)
08/12/11
CCTV to increase overseas staff tenfold by 2016 as English-language services spearhead Beijing’s soft power push

China’s envoy urges Sudan, South Sudan to exercise self-restraint, resolve outstanding issues through dialogue – Xinhua (CHN)
08/12/11
China’s Special Envoy for African Affairs Liu Guijin has urged Sudan and South Sudan to exercise self-restraint and work to resolve the outstanding issues between them through dialogue and negotiations.

Ambassador Garcia Bires identifies new areas for cooperation with China – Angolan Press (AGO)
08/12/11
The Angolan ambassador to China, João Garcia Bires, Tuesday in Beijing, China, said Angola hopes to open new areas for cooperation with that Asian  country in the fields of agricultural and diamond exploration, in addition to existing  exports.

China refutes “land grab” claims in Africa – Xinhua (CHN)
08/12/11
China on Thursday refuted claims that it has been buying up land in Africa, calling for “concrete” efforts to help the continent’s agricultural sector develop in a sustainable way.

China’s Envoy to Africa Expresses Concern Over Sudan Oil, Border Disputes – Bloomberg (USA)
08/12/11
China’s top envoy for Africa urged Sudan and South Sudan to resolve disputes over oil and their mutual border, citing concern that future instability may harm its investments in the region, Sudan’s Foreign Ministry said.

US Eximbank versus China Eximbank – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
07/12/11
The head of the U.S. Export-Import Bank, Fred Hochberg, has responded in an open letter (November 4, 2011) to suggestions made by Stephen Hayes, president of the Corporate Council on Africa in his November 1, 2011 testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that we could do better in supporting our companies’ business efforts in Africa.

Xinhua holds exhibition of Sino-Rwanda relations – The New Times (RWA)
07/12/11
An array of photo works from Xinhua News Agency, were yesterday exhibited in Kigali to mark 40 years of bilateral and diplomatic relations between Rwanda and China.

Chinese Firm, NTA Launch New Cable TV in Benin – This Day (NGA)
07/12/11
StarTimes TV Network, a China-based cable service, in conjunction with the Nigeria Television Authority (NTA), has launched a new pay TV service in Benin City and its environs.

Chinese envoy reiterates all-weather friendship with Zambia – People’s Daily (CHN)
07/12/11
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao on Wednesday said China is seeking for continuous, all- weather friendship with Zambia and will do whatever it can to help the southern African nation in many areas.

America vs China in Africa – Asia Times
07/12/11
China’s imminent replacement of the West as the dominant international economic and political force in Africa epitomizes the most dramatic shift in geopolitics since the collapse of the Soviet Union. Yet the United States and Europe, Africa’s traditional trading partners, seem incapable of responding to the challenge and retaking the initiative.

African issues should be settled in African ways by Africa: Chinese UN envoy – Xinhua (CHN)
06/12/11
China always supports settlement of African issues in African ways by Africa, said Li Baodong, Chinese permanent representative to the United Nations here on Monday after China abstained from the vote on the draft resolution tightening sanctions on Eritrea.

China-Africa Fund Finds Investing in African Projects Difficult, CEO Says – Bloomberg (USA)
06/12/11
The China-Africa Development Fund has found investing in the African continent more difficult than expected after committing almost all its first $1 billion, Chief Executive Officer Chi Jianxin said in an interview.

Volta chiefs visit China to woo investors – The Chronicle (GHA)
06/12/11
The desire of the chiefs and people of Volta Region to   attract investment for rapid  development was taken to another level recently, when the chiefs, led by Togbe Afede XIV, Agbogbomefia of the Asogli State, and government officials visited China’s semi autonomous region of Ningxia Hui to explore business opportunities.

Who Benefits From Chinese Investment in Mauritius? – Think Africa Press
06/12/11
Chinese enterprises are spending $1 billion on a special enterprise zone in Mauritius, but the benefits are not as clear as they seem.

Meles says Chinese banks playing key role in Ethiopia’s dev’t – Walta Into (ETH)
06/12/11
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said Chinese banks have been playing key role in the economic development of Ethiopia.

Ambassador Garcia Bires presents credentials to Chinese President  – Angola Press (AGO)
06/12/11
The Angolan new ambassador to China, João Garcia Bires, presented on Monday his credentials to the Chinese President, Hu Jintao, at Beijing’s People Palace.

Cameroon PM , Chinese state councilor hold talks on cooperation – Xinhua (CHN)
06/12/11
Cameroon Prime Minister Philemon Yang held talks with visiting Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong here on Monday on strengthening cooperation between their two nations.

Ethiopia, China sign 6.9 bln birr loan agreement – Walta Into (ETH)
06/12/11
Ethiopia and China here on Monday signed a loan agreement amounting to 6.9 billion Birr to be used for upgrading safe water provision in Addis Ababa City and also achieving the Growth and Transformation Plan (GTP).

China to send envoy to mediate in Sudan oil row – Reuters
05/12/11
China is to send an envoy to seek a compromise between Sudan and South Sudan over a fees dispute threatening oil supplies from the two recently separated countries, which are big crude suppliers to the big Asian economy.

Kiraitu summoned over Sh43 billion geothermal deal with China – The Standard (KEN)
05/12/11
A parliamentary committee has warned the ministry of Energy against signing a Sh43 billion deal with a Chinese bank without involving the Geothermal Development Company.

Govt-China Ties – in the Eyes of the Envoy – The Times (ZMB)
05/12/11
Mutual reverence for individual sovereignty and upholding the brotherly ties -this is the common ground on which all diplomatic relations between countries hinge on.

China promises more support for Ghana in 2012 – The Chronicle (GHA)
05/12/11
The Chinese Ambassador to Ghana,  Gong Jian Zhong, says China is  ready to support Ghana grow its  economy, and from next year 2012, there would be more collaboration for economic development between the two countries.

China takes lion’s share of S.Africa Nov coal – Reuters
05/12/11
South Africa’s November coal exports dipped to 6.2 million tonnes from the previous month’s 7.4 million peak but China again was the biggest importer at a record 2.8 million tonnes or 44 percent of the total.

Chinese SUV impresses, niggles and all – Bizcommunity (ZAF)
05/12/11
The Chinese carmakers have arrived in South Africa and they are here to stay. If you have any doubt about that you only have to take a look at the latest GWM 2-litre diesel which has just arrived on local shores. Not only does it brim with safety and classy features – it is priced well below anything else in its range.

China and the Horn of Africa – Ambassador David Shinn’s blog
05/12/11
You can access here remarks that I made on 2 December 2011 during a panel at the Middle East Studies Association.

An overview of China-Africa relations – Ambassador David Shinn’s blog
05/12/11
I am attaching below my comments on China-Africa relations delivered at the Chinua Achebe Colloquium at Brown University in Providence, Rhode Island, on 4 December 2011. This two-day event hosted a distinguished group of Africanists who covered the Arab Spring as it applies to Africa, Darfur, South Sudan, Zimbabwe and China-Africa relations.

What Tanzania can learn from China – IPP Media (TZA)
04/12/11
A team of 24 academicians, former ambassadors and senior journalists from 15 African countries that included Tanzania were recently invited by one of the leading Chinese universities, Zhejiang Normal University for a three week tour of the world’s second largest economy.

China asked to fight pirates in Seychelles – News 24 (ZAF)
03/12/11
The Seychelles on Friday invited Beijing to set up a military base on the archipelago to beef up the fight against piracy there, Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Paul Adam said.

Liu Yandong Inspects the Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana – FOCAC
03/12/11
On December 2, 2011, State Councilor Liu Yandong who was visiting Botswana said that the Chinese government will take advantage of the unique role of Confucius Institute to provide a platform for foreigners to learn Chinese and understand China when she inspected the Confucius Institute at the University of Botswana.

Chinese ambassador presents letter of credence to AU chief – Xinhua (CHN)
03/12/11
Xie Xiaoyan, the newly appointed Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) on Friday presented his letter of credence to Jean Ping, chairperson of the AU Commission (AUC) at his office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.