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07/02/2012 to 13/02/2012

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 Unholy alliance of Russia, China, ZANU-PF – Zimbabwe Metro (ZBW)

 Why China’s engagement with Africa is on the rise – The Standard (KEN)

 Breathing fire into SA – China trade – Business Report (ZAF)

 Malawi vendors chase out Chinese – Africa Post

 Sudan: Chinese worker, missing in rebel attack, found dead – Global Post

 Chinese front-line overseas workers coming under increasing attack – The Globe and Mail (CAN)

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Good times over for roaring China? – MoneyWeb (ZAF)
13/2/12
As the Chinese packed away dragon-style decorations and swept up firecracker debris after a two-week Lunar New Year party this week, the Beijing government was swiftly implementing measures to add fuel to the economy. It is set to be a tougher year for Africa’s most important trading partner, with pain in store for many business operators and investors.

Unholy alliance of Russia, China, ZANU-PF – Zimbabwe Metro (ZBW)
13/2/12
The recent vetoing by two Security Council member countries namely China and Russia resulting in the blockade of a resolution that called for the stepping down of incumbent Syrian President Basher al-Assad leaves a lot to be desired.

The Dragon’s Dance with Hyenas – Ecad Forum (ETH)
13/2/12
The Chinese Dragon is dancing the Watusi shuffle with African Hyenas. Things could not be better for the Dragon in Africa. In the middle of what once used to be the African Pride Land now stands a brand-spanking new hyenas’ den called the African Union Hall (AU).

Chinese firms: Good prospects in Egypt – China Daily (CHN)
13/2/12
Chinese companies in Egypt are confident in the economy and investment future in Egypt, saying its political reshuffle might offer a chance for foreign investment.

Chinese investor defies EMA order to halt hotel construction – The Herald (ZBW)
11/2/12
The Chinese investor constructing a five star hotel on a wetland between Belvedere and the National Sports Stadium is defying orders to halt operations and regularise the development, Parliament heard on Wednesday.

China’s Zambian Sex Scandal – China Africa Project
11/2/12
Few African countries have closer links with China than Zambia. The relationship goes back decades and Chinese investment in Zambian copper mines have led to both economic growth and an anti-Chinese backlash. The recent arrest of four Chinese mining technicians on charges of sex with underage prostitutes is pushing this relationship into uncomfortable new territory.

A note on Sierra Leone’s new Ambassador to China – Sierra Express Media (SLE)
11/2/12
China, having the second largest economy in the world has continued to ensure its presence is felt in, and appreciated by Africa and Africans. From West Africa to Southern Africa, East and Northern Africa, the presence of China is there for all to see.

Arms Flows to Sub-Saharan Africa – David Shinn’s blog
11/2/12
The Stockholm International Peace Research Institute published in December 2011 a report titled Arms Flows to Sub-Saharan Africa by Pieter D. Wezeman, Siemon T. Wezeman and Lucie Beraud-Sudreau. While there is little transparency in arms transfer information, SIPRI states that China, Russia and Ukraine have consistently been among the largest suppliers of major arms to Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) since 1996. The United States has provided 2-3 percent of major arms to SSA since 1996.

The Roar of the Dragon – Southern Times
10/2/12
Relations between SADC and China are growing at a rapid pace, with the Asian giant’s footprint in both financial and non-financial investments in the region reaching nearly US$15 billion in 2011.

China’s New Challenge: Protecting Its Citizens Abroad – Wall Street Journal (USA)
10/2/12
Recent incidents in which a total of 54 Chinese citizens working in Sudan and Egypt were abducted — with one killed during a rescue attempt — highlight the increasing risks Chinese expatriates face as the country ventures into volatile parts of the world in search of resources and business opportunities.

Links I Liked: China’s Training Programs – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
10/2/12
A dry list to some, a treasure trove of information on one aspect of the notoriously “untransparent” Chinese aid program to others.

Links I Liked: William Wallis on China, Europe, Africa – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
10/2/12
William Wallis, the Financial Time’s Africa correspondent, reflects — in “China Builds on Europe’s Africa Ruins” — on the new AU Headquarters. Wallis ponders the contrast between the Chinese approach and that of Europe, noting French president Nicholas Sarkozy’s October 2007 speech in Dakar (which barely made a ripple).

China’s Growing Role in Africa: Myths and Facts – Carnegie Endowment International Economic Bulletin
9/2/12
China’s emergence as a major player in Africa’s trade, investment, and aid has led many to question the nature of its involvement. Critics say that China is only interested in resources, its exports to Africa threaten local industries, and it is displacing Africa’s traditional partners, like the United States.

Why China’s engagement with Africa is on the rise – The Standard (KEN)
9/2/12

To say that geostrategic interests between China and Africa are on a mindboggling rise is to state the obvious. Thought leaders such as Dambisa Moyo in Dead Aid, Stephen Hayes of the US think tank Corporate Council for Africa and Deborah Brautigam, author of The Dragon’s Gift have given in-depth reasons for China’s influence in Africa is not only rising but is actually appreciated by African leaders.

Breathing fire into SA – China trade – Business Report (ZAF)
9/2/12
Chinese trade increased by a massive 77 percent last year when compared to 2010, according to official statistics. And it should remain strong this year – the Chinese Year of the Dragon – despite the economic woes facing Europe and other countries.

China skirting African corruption in direct aid gifts; Uganda’s president gets a new office – The Washington Post (USA)
9/2/12
China last month sent a senior official to symbolically hand over the keys to a nine-story twin tower to house Uganda’s president and prime minister, a gift from Beijing.

China Stays Key to Copper Demand: Standard Bank – Resource Investor
8/2/12
Global copper consumption is expected to grow 1.2% in 2012 to reach 20,349-million metric tons, with China accounting for the bulk of the demand and within China, the health of the construction sector will be the main risk to copper demand, delegates to the 18th Investing in African Mining Indaba were told.

Kidnaps highlight urgent task for China – The Beijing Review (CHN)
8/2/12
The dramatic rise in overseas travel and expatriate work by Chinese was punctuated by the recent kidnappings of Chinese workers in Sudan and Egypt. “Overseas Chinese protection” (haiwai gongmin baohu) has been a critical priority since deadly attacks killed 14 Chinese workers in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2004.

The west has no right to criticise the China-Africa relationship – The Guardian Poverty Matters blog
8/2/12
Chinese aid to Africa will have strings attached, despite its claims of ‘no conditionality’, but western governments should not be too quick to cast aspersions

Expanding China-Africa Oil Ties – Council on Foreign Relations (USA)
8/2/12
As global demand for energy continues to rise, major players like the United States, the European Union, and Japan are facing a new competitor in the race to secure long-term energy supplies: China. The economic powerhouse has increasingly focused on securing the resources needed to sustain its rapid growth, locking down sources of oil and other necessary raw materials across the globe. As part of this effort, China has turned to Africa.

Guest Post: Human Rights Watch Responds to Critique of China in Zambia Study – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
8/2/12
Below is Human Rights Watch’s response to Sautman and Yan’s critique, summarized yesterday in China Africa: The Real Story.

From Aid to Cooperation – The Beijing Review (CHN)
7/2/12
The Chinese-funded Africa Union (AU) headquarters complex in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia serves as a strong testament to China’s renewed commitment to the resource-rich continent, analysts said.

Chinese front-line overseas workers coming under increasing attack – The Globe and Mail (CAN)
7/2/12
From the jungles of Papua New Guinea to the deserts of Libya, some of the wildest and most dangerous corners of the world have one thing in common these days: Chinese workers.

Sudan Rebels Free Kidnapped Chinese Workers – VoA
7/2/12
Twenty-nine Chinese workers kidnapped in Sudan have been freed, 11 days after they were taken hostage by rebels in Southern Kordofan state.

China’s tightening grip on Africa – MoneyWeb (ZAF)
7/2/12
Charm offensive mirrors us international relations theory – astonishing similarities.

Sudan: Chinese worker, missing in rebel attack, found dead – Global Post
7/2/12
The body of a Chinese worker who went missing in an attack by SPLM-N rebels in Sudan’s South Kordofan state has been found and will be returned to China, state media reported.

Malawi vendors chase out Chinese – Africa Post
7/2/12
Vendors in Kalonga, the Northern district of Malawi, on Wednesday petitioned the District Commissioner to flash out all Chinese nationals who are doing their businesses in the district. The petition, signed by over 33 representatives of the vendors, says the Chinese investors have gone over bound taking over small-scale business which the natives can ably do.

Guest Post “One Barking Dog Sets the Whole Street a-Barking” – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
7/2/12
In early November 2011, a brief spate of headlines followed the publication of Human Rights Watch’s report on labor practices in a major Chinese company in Zambia: “You’ll Be Fired If You Refuse: Labor Abuses in Zambia’s Chinese State-owned Copper Mines.”

Exclusive: Asia buys record Africa oil volumes after Iran cuts – Reuters
6/2/12
Asia’s imports of crude from West Africa are at record highs as sanctions on Iran cut supplies from the Islamic Republic to China, a Reuters survey of West African oil flows suggest.

Chinese investors eye Djibouti market – Somaliland Press
5/2/12
The President of Djibouti Ismail Omar Guelleh on Wednesday received two large Chinese delegations in the space of 48 hours as the country gears up for Chinese enterprises.

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