08/08/2011 to 15/08/2011

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 Silanyo must take a firm but courteous stance in Beijing -Somaliland Press (SOM)

 Ghana to borrow $800m from China to develop gas -Ghana Web (GHA)

 Kenyan factories to assemble Chinese cars, trucks -Reuters Africa

 ZTE plans to exit DRC mobile joint venture -IDG (NOR)

 U.S. Feeds the World, While Russia and China Criticize Our Debt -Fox News (USA)

 China offers mediation between North & South Sudan -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
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Silanyo must take a firm but courteous stance in Beijing -Somaliland Press (SOM)
13/08/2011
It is right and proper that President Silanyo is engaging with one of the world’s emerging superpowers, but he must be prepared to demonstrate his diplomatic skill in ensuring that he does not sell Somaliland down the river for the sake of short term economic gain.

China to send food aid to Ethiopia as soon as possible -Walta Info (ETH)
13/08/2011
Chinese President Hu Jintao said here Friday that relevant Chinese governmental departments are competing with time to send food aid to drought-affected Ethiopians as soon as possible.

Ghana to borrow $800m from China to develop gas -Ghana Web (GHA)
12/08/2011
Ghana will borrow $800 million from the state-owned China Development Bank to develop its natural gas infrastructure and the first gas could be expected by the end of 2012 or early 2013.

Russia, China blocked calls on UNSC to condemn Sudan’s fighting in South Kordofan
12/08/2011
Russia and China have watered down a U.S-proposed statement to bring the UN Security Council (UNSC) to condemn the ongoing war of the Sudanese government in the country’s South Kordofan state, diplomats said.

Manwu questions Chinese tenders -The Namibian (NAM)
12/08/2011
Metal and Allied Workers Union of Namibia (Manwu) has questioned the tenders awarded to a Chinese construction firm which, according to them, disregard labour law with impunity.

China’s aid to Africa above reproach -People’s Daily (CHN)
11/08/2011
The Chinese government will offer emergency food aid worth 90 million yuan, to the affected African countries. Meanwhile, it will continue to communicate with U.N. institutions, including the World Food Program, through bilateral channels to discuss issues on offering emergency aid to Somalia.

Mozambique and China due to sign ten cooperation agreements in Beijing -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
11/08/2011
Mozambique and China are due Wednesday to sign more than ten cooperation agreements, memorandums and exchange of notes, in the financial, economic, technical and social areas as part of a state visit by Mozambican President Armando Guebuza that began Tuesday.

China should diversify financial aid to Mozambique -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
11/08/2011
China should expand the ways of financing Mozambique in its programmes for development and fighting poverty, with the inclusion of the country on the list of beneficiaries of funds from the China Development Bank

China grants 15.2 million USD for distance learning, science and technology -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
11/08/2011
The Chinese government will disburse a sum of 15.2 million U.S. dollars to finance distance learning, science and technology projects in Mozambique.

SA Students to Get Agriculture Skills in China -BuaNews (ZAF)
11/08/2011
Fifteen postgraduate students have been awarded the opportunity of a two-year scholarship programme to further their studies in agriculture, forestry and fisheries in China.

Investment authority woos Chinese investors -The Monitor (UGA)
11/08/2011
Uganda Investment Authority has called on Chinese businesses to invest in Uganda’s textile, construction and pharmaceutical sectors.

Xinhua, Reuters cameramen join hands against poverty in Africa -Xinhua (CHN)
10/08/2011
Xinhua News Agency, Reuters and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) on Tuesday jointly launched a campaign to send journalists to Africa and take pictures focused on poverty issues.

Cameroon Ready For Chinese Tourists -Cameroon Tribune (CMR)
10/08/2011
Cameroon might be hosting a good share of Chinese tourists after the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding between both countries on facilitating the coming of Chinese tourists travelling in groups to the Cameroonian destination.

China in Africa (video) -Thunderbird Knowledge Network
10/08/2011
Thunderbird School of Global Management Professor Mary Teagarden, Ph.D., talks 5 August 2011 about the miraculous transformation she has witnessed in China since the 1970s.

Kenyan factories to assemble Chinese cars, trucks -Reuters Africa
10/08/2011
Chery Automobile is to become the second Chinese vehicle maker to build an assembly plant in Kenya, joining truck manufacturer Beiqi Foton Motors in a move to tap east African demand and further strengthening Chinese links with the continent

China vows to increase assistance to Mozambique -Xinhua (CHN)
10/08/2011
China said Wednesday it will increase assistance to Mozambique in agriculture, medical services, education and training in order to help the African nation improve its people’s livelihoods.

ZTE plans to exit DRC mobile joint venture -IDG (NOR)

10/08/2011
Despite being a major supplier of telecom gear in Africa, China-based ZTE has plans to exit the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

President of Mozambique wants funding from China for important projects -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
10/08/2011
The President of Mozambique plans to make use of his official visit to China, beginning Tuesday, to try to obtain funding for some projects with a social and economic impact in Mozambique.

Chinese company donates over 1.6mln birr worth office equipment to MoE -Walta Info (ETH)
10/08/2011
Huawei, a Chinese telecom company has donated over 1.6 million birr worth office equipment to the Ethiopian Ministry of Education.

40 Chinese Firms to Seek Trade Ties -Nairobi Star (KEN)
10/08/2011
At least 40 Chinese companies are set to partner with Kenyan firms to improve economic ties between the two countries.

Senegal and China see yearly 30% trade growth since 2005 -Live Trading News (SGP)
09/08/2011
Since the normalization of diplomatic ties between China and Senegal in Y 2005, the bi-lateral trade has been increasing by 30Y% each year, the commercial counsellor at the Chinese Embassy in Senegal said in a recent interview.

U.S. Feeds the World, While Russia and China Criticize Our Debt -Fox News (USA)
09/08/2011
Although some aid has been prevented from reaching the most hungry by the lack political situation and gang warfare in Somalia many people could get aid if only there was enough money. Sadly, two large countries are not bucking up with money, China and Russia. The United States which is the largest donor has given almost 73 million dollars.

Ghana May Target China as New Market for Shea Nuts -Bloomberg (USA)
09/08/2011
Ghana, the world second-largest cocoa producer, may target China as a new market for exports of shea nuts as the West African nation seeks to boost the industry.

China-aided hospital handed over to Zambia -China Daily (CHN)
09/08/2011
Lusaka General Hospital, aided by the Chinese government, was completed andon Monday handed over to Zambia.

China offers 14 mln USD emergency aid to drought-hit Horn of Africa -Xinhua (CHN)
09/08/2011
China announced Friday that it will provide a total of 90 million yuan (14 million U.S. dollars) worth of emergency food assistance to countries in the Horn of Africa.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi’s Written Interview with South Sudan Press -Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the People’s Republic of China (CHN)
09/08/2011
Al-Masier in South Sudan published a written interview with China’s Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi.

Delegation of Volta Chiefs and entrepreneurs to visit China -Ghana Web (GHA)
09/08/2011
A delegation of chiefs from the Volta Region, business people and political leaders is to visit the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Province of China

China offers mediation between North & South Sudan -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
09/08/2011
China is prepared to mediate between North and South Sudan in order to bridge difference in views regarding outstanding post-secession issues, a visiting official said today.

Sudan grants China oil exploration rights in ‘promising’ areas -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
09/08/2011
China has been awarded concessions by the Sudanese government to explore for oil in three “promising” areas in the country, according to a state official.

Chinese firm to buy Pamodzi -Business Day (ZAF)
08/08/2011
China African Precious Metals to buy Pamodzi Gold Orkney according to provisional liquidator, will spend more than R525m getting mine into production

Chinese foreign minister to meet Sudan’s Bashir -Reuters Africa
08/08/2011
China’s foreign minister was due to meet Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir on Monday for the highest-level talks between the two allies in the Sudanese capital since south Sudan seceded to form an independent state.

VP Irked By Threats Against Chinese -Nairobi Star (KEN)
08/08/2011
Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka yesterday expressed displeasure at people threatening workers of a Chinese company awarded contract to tarmac a local road.

Africa should better position itself to take advantage of China investment -Polity SA (ZAF)
08/08/2011
The African continent needs to position itself to take advantage of and leverage off the opportunities afforded by the global expansion of Asian economies, said emerging market advisory firm Frontier Advisory.

China could be key to Somali crisis -Independent (IRL)
08/08/2011
The UN and the West have failed to break the deadlock in bringing about some normality to the Horn of Africa. We need a new approach and that might come from the most unlikely source – China.

China FM warns North & South Sudan against losing “peace equation” -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
07/08/2011
The Chinese foreign minister Yang Jiechi arrived to Khartoum on Sunday on a two-day visit that will take him to South Sudan’s capital of Juba.

ICBC acquires South American Bank -China Daily (CHN)
06/08/2011
Industrial & Commercial Bank of China Ltd (ICBC), the world’s biggest lender bymarket value, announced its biggest takeover in nearly four years on Friday. The bank will buyan 80 percent stake in the Argentine division of South Africa’s Standard Bank Group Ltd.

China paying ‘close attention’ to Africa famine -Times Live (ZAF)
05/08/2011
China says it is paying “close attention” to a disastrous famine in the Horn of Africa, after top US House Democrat Nancy Pelosi urged it to do more.