08/11/2011 to 14/11/2011

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 India beats China to top trading spot with Kenya – Business Daily (KEN)

 Ghana Immigration Service Detains 25 Illegal Chinese Miners – Ghana News Agency (GHA)

 Media tour boosts China-Africa links – South Africa Info (ZAF)

 China’s Harsh Squeeze in Zambia’s Copper Belt – Caixin (CHN)

 China to make Nigeria regional manufacturing hub – The Guardian (NGA)

 Nigeria, China Bilateral Trade Hits $13.3bn – This Day (NGA)

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Underground and under threat – Africa-Asia Confidential
November vol5 No1
Non-governmental organisation Human Rights Watch launched the first in-depth report about abusive practices in Chinese-owned mines in Zambia on 3 November. It is based on the evidence of scores of workers at Chinese copper mines and plants.

Harare in the sky with diamonds – Africa-Asia Confidential
November vol5 No1
The government is working on a diamond-backed deal to buy new aeroplanes as the Kimberley Process allows the country to export gems again.

Wild cats and King Cobra – Africa-Asia Confidential
November vol5 No1
After being elected president, Michael Sata has softened his combative stance towards Chinese mine owners so now the trades unions are leading the charge.

IMF worried about Chinese loans again – Africa-Asia Confidential
November vol5 No1
The award of the copper and cobalt mines at the Lonshi and Frontier sites to the Hong Kong company Fortune Ahead Limited is causing concern at the International Monetary Fund. Congo-Kinshasa’s Finance Minister Augustin Matata Ponyo revealed in a 27 September interview on Radio Okapi that the conclusion of the fourth review of the government’s economic programme by the IMF was ‘uncertain’.

Protection makes a racket – Africa-Asia Confidential
November vol5 No1
South Korean companies had worried that they would not receive the same advantages as Chinese companies (AAC Vol 4 No 12, Faith, Grace and intervention).

National interests and hard cash – Africa-Asia Confidential
November vol5 No1
The United States Senate is again raising the alarm about Washington losing out to Beijing in Africa. On 1 November, the Senate Subcommittee on African Affairs, chaired by Senator Christopher Coons (Democrat, Delaware), heard testimony from China-Africa scholar Deborah Brautigam, former Ambassador to Ethiopia and Burkina Faso David Shinn and the Corporate Council on Africa’s President Stephen Hayes.

Frozen funds – Africa-Asia Confidential
November vol5 No1
The finance for the Congolese-Chinese joint venture has been held up and Kinshasa wants the mining companies to bridge the gap.

The unions turn up the pressure – Asia-Africa Confidential
November vol5 No1
Chinese companies’ treatment of trades unions in South Africa has come to national attention again, just as the elections in Zambia have highlighted the government’s role in managing investment and regulating working conditions.

India beats China to top trading spot with Kenya – Business Daily (KEN)
13/11/11
India has reclaimed its position as the second largest exporter of goods to Kenya, signalling that it is gaining momentum in the race with China for control of Africa’s fast-growing consumer markets.

China’s Africa Ride – The Guardian (NGA)
13/11/11
The Chinese focus on Africa has been carefully orchestrated to be as acceptable as possible. This is understandable because the continent is growing weary of being the raw materials extraction backyard of the world. While much emphasis is on Chinese infrastructural investments in Africa, one area in which the Sino-muscle flexing may not be so apparent is in the financial sector. Take the example of Nigeria, where financial managers led by the country’s Central Bank have decided to convert up to 10% of its foreign exchange reserves into the Chinese Yuan assets ostensibly to diversify her reserve basket.

Ghana Immigration Service Detains 25 Illegal Chinese Miners – Ghana News Agency (GHA)
13/11/11
Twenty-five illegal Chinese miners have been arrested by the personnel of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) at Dunkwa in the Central Region after monitoring and gathering intelligence about their activities in the area.

Opposition SLPP moles infiltrate Sierra Leone’s embassy in China as Deputy Ambassador is accused of corruption and retained for questioning – News Time Africa (SIE)
12/11/11
The embassy of the Republic of Sierra Leone in China and the country’s Foreign Ministry have lately been the breeding ground of political confusion and the bastion of sabotage of government efforts in fostering the bilateral relations between the two countries.

Director-general of China Development meets with Mozambican President – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
11/11/11
The director-general of the China Development Bank, Jiang Zhigang, was received in Maputo by the president of Mozambique, Armando Guebuza during a working visit to Mozambique, Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias reported.

MCQP theme and party line-up announced – Biz Community (ZAF)
11/11/11
This years MCQP theme is Maid in China and will be held at the CTICC on 17 December, 2011, there will be nine dance floors, three stages and three experiential areas, each with its own theme and music style. Good Luck, Crazy White Boy, DJ Blaine, Josh Borrill, Odidiva, The Commercial Hippies, Killer Robot, Pascal & Pearce, DJ Ryan Dent and more will be performing.

Chinese investment in Africa ‘indispensible’ – China Daily (CHN)
11/11/11
Chinese enterprises in Africa will obey local labor and environment regulations more strictly, and help African countries raise their food output and upgrade their industries, according to a high-level China-Africa cooperation forum on Thursday.

NDC Builds 20 Million Dollar Head Office! – Peace FM Online (GHA)
11/11/11
From a political party that was too broke to pay the rent for its hired headquarters, the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) is currently putting the final touches to a huge edifice, reputed to cost as much as $20 million dollars, at the pricey precinct of Adabraka in Accra!

Zimbabwe takes delivery of 20,000 AK-47’s from China – The Zimbabwean (ZWE)
11/11/11
A Southern African bulletin focusing on political and economic intelligence issues is reporting that the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) has taken delivery of “the first of several consignments of Chinese small arms and equipment.”

Human Rights Watch Report on Chinese-Owned Mines in Zambia – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
11/11/11
The new Human Rights Watch report on China Non-Ferrous Mining Corporation (CNMC)’s copper mines in Zambia details a climate of systematic violation of Zambian labor regulations, particularly regarding safety. Some people have noted that I am credited as having read a draft and “provided helpful suggestions”.

Nigeria, China Bilateral Trade Hits $13.3bn – This Day (NGA)
11/11/11
The Nigeria, Chinese bilateral trade relations has hit about $13.3 billion dollars since February, 2011. It  is  predicted that business between the two countries would continue to grow by over 15 per cent in the coming years.

Construction industry acts on Chinese domination – New Era (NAM)
11/11/11
An Institute of Pubic Policy Research (IPPR) research on Chinese domination has invigorated the construction industry, which has dispatched a letter to the Tender Board and the Ministry of Works and Transport for a roundtable discussion on the Chinese domination of the construction industry.

Media tour boosts China-Africa links – South Africa Info (ZAF)
10/11/11
A group of Chinese business journalists are currently touring Africa to investigate investment opportunities, share lessons from existing Chinese businesses on the continent and strengthen the sense of mutual understanding between African and Asian cultures.

Russia, slow to engage Africa, is losing out to China – Russia Beyond the Headlines (RUS)
10/11/11
Over the past two decades, China has been very successful implementing its long-term strategic foreign policy in Africa, while Russia is still struggling to engage the continent.

China donates anti-malaria medicines – Angola Press (AGO)
10/11/11
A great amount of malaria medicine had been given to the Angolan Health Ministry, this Thursday, in Luanda, by the ambassador of China in Angola, Zhang Bolum.

China Is Taking What It Wants From Africa And Not Doing What It Promised – Business Insider
10/11/11
To win mining licenses worth billions of dollars, a Chinese oil trade company promised poor African countries infrastructure to help develop their land.

China’s Harsh Squeeze in Zambia’s Copper Belt – Caixin (CHN)
10/11/11
A rhetorical U-turn by Zambia’s new President Michael Sata recently brought at least some relief to Chinese investors rattled by strikes and his anti-China campaign speeches.

Chinese firms’ investments in Nigeria hit N48b – The Guardian (NGA)
10/11/11
Shandong Brightway International Exhibition Company Limited has put the total investments by companies from the People’s Republic of China in Nigeria at $300 million (N48 billion) as at 2010.

AfrAsia Bank opens initiative to boost China-Africa trade relations – Xinhua (CHN)
10/11/11
AfrAsia Bank Thursday launched a current accounts set to expand China-Africa business and trade relations. The bank’s South Africa chief representative said the account provides clients with the ability to freely conduct foreign exchange transactions involving Renminbi (RMB) and to make trade related payments directly to China.

China to make Nigeria regional manufacturing hub – The Guardian (NGA)
10/11/11
From China, the world’s second biggest economy, came a pledge to turn around Nigeria’s industrial landscape and make the assessed biggest market in Africa a major manufacturing hub in the continent.

Mugabe thanks China for support – The Zimbabwean (ZWE)
09/11/11
President Robert Mugabe yesterday thanked his Chinese allies for helping defend his rule against Western countries that he says want to topple him.

Chinese scientists help Africans fend off sprawling desert – People’s Daily (CHN)
09/11/11
In a village of Nigeria’s Kano state, Chinese scientists have joined their African counterparts in setting up a research base for desertification control and sand-related industries.

Geology minister at diamond summit in China – Angola Press (AGO)
09/11/11
Angolan minister of Geology, Mining and Industry, Joaquim David, is since Friday in Tianjin, eastern China, to attend an International Summit on Diamonds.

MPs Question Sh40 Billion China Power Tender – Nairobi Star (KEN)
09/11/11
MPs yesterday questioned the government’s plan to contract a Chinese company to drill 80 geothermal wells at a cost of $400 million (Sh40 billion) without competitive bidding.

Ethio-China relations stepping up in all spheres: HPR Speaker – Walta Info (ETH)
09/11/11
Speaker of the House of Peoples Representatives (HPR) Abadulla Gemeda, said the Ethio-China relationship in all spheres is getting momentum.

GRN, we are tired of you! – Informante (NAM)
09/11/11
Nambia’s poor are being robbed by govt to pay Chinese contractors for vanity construction projects

China-based corporate web behind troubled Africa resource deals – I Watch News
09/11/11
Incomplete promises of public works cast doubt on Chinese firms.

Zimbabwean president hails relations with China – Xinhua (CHN)
09/11/11
Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe hailed the country’s relations with China on Tuesday saying that his country regards China as its first great friend in the world.

Quoted on Chinese Investment in Africa – Ambassador David Shin’s blog
08/11/11
Xinhua quoted me on 1 November in an article dealing with Chinese investment in Africa. Taken from my testimony before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, the article not surprisingly focused on my positive statements about China and not those that raised concerns about Chinese activity in Africa.

End of an Era – West Looks East? – The Herald (ZWE)
08/11/11
An unprecedented economic crisis has been tearing the Euro to pieces, forcing European countries the self-acclaimed proponents of democracy – to look east and take their well-polished begging bowel to China.

Trade with China hits U.S.$10 billion – Mena FN (NGA)
08/11/11
Trade volume between Nigeria and China will hit $10 billion by the end of 2011, the Chinese government has said.

Govt disowns Sh40bn geothermal deal – The Nation (KEN)
08/11/11
The government has disowned the controversial Sh40 billion deal allegedly signed with a Chinese firm to drill 80 geothermal wells in the country.

Sinopec closes Pecten Cameroon deal – Global Times (CHN)
08/11/11
State-owned China Petrochemical Corp (Sinopec) said Monday it has completed its acquisition of an 80 percent stake in Pecten Cameroon Co from Royal Dutch Shell, gaining its first oil production assets in the African country.

China condemns attack on peackeepers in Darfur – Xinhua (CHN)
08/11/11
China on Tuesday condemned an attack on a patrol of the African Union- United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur, which led to the death of one peacekeeper and injured two others in the war-torn region.

South Africa to showcase wine and minerals in China – Xinhua (CHN)
08/11/11
South Africa will hold a commodities fair in China, its biggest trading partner, later this month in an effort to expand bilateral economic and trade cooperation.

Should Americans fear Chinese influence in Africa? – The Grio (USA)
07/11/11
The blossoming China-Africa love affair is a relationship of convenience. It makes sense. It combines cheap goods with poor consumers in growing markets. According to one estimate, trade between China and Africa grew by more than 1,000 percent between 2000 and 2010.

China, Africa Launch Think Tank Forum – The Herald (ZWE)
07/11/11
China and Africa have taken another step to strengthen relations with the launch of a forum to promote research and exchanges among think tanks from both places.

China Ignores Warning Bells – Radio Free Asia
07/11/11
Chinese investments come under greater scrutiny in Africa.

Scrap dealer gets suspended sentence for railway steel possession – Legal Brief (ZAF)
07/11/11
Chinese national Pheng Zhong Jie (41), a scrap metal dealer, has pleaded guilty in the Pietermaritzburg Regional Court to a charge of possessing suspected stolen metal goods valued at about R300 000.

Bingu goes China to save Malawi economy – Nyasa Times (MWI)
07/11/11
Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika is piling pressure on China to save the country’s economy teetering on the brink of collapse after traditional donors rebuffed his zero budget financial plan, a report by African Development Bank (AfDB) has said.

CAD Eyes More Investors – Caijing (CHN)
07/11/11
China is looking for ways to attract more investors to its China-Africa Development(CAD)fund, the country’s biggest equity fund focused on African investments, Xinhua quoted an official as saying.

CDB looking for investors – Global Times (CHN)
07/11/11
State lender China Development Bank (CDB) is looking for fund contributors to its African investment fund, Wang Yuan, the bank’s chief economist, said Saturday. Wang said that CDB has fully invested the initial batch of $1 billion in the China-Africa Development Fund.

China in Africa Podcast: Wait… the Chinese are in Africa edition????? – China Africa Project Podcast
06/11/11
The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee holds a rather remarkable hearing in Washington where, despite the best efforts of professor Deborah Brautigam and Ambassador David Shin, they seem to be somewhat bewildered over how to respond to China’s engagement in Africa. Also on the podcast, Human Rights Watch’s report on Chinese labor practices in the Zambian mining sector and are the Chinese doing enough to transfer skills and technologies to their African trading partners.

Consultant engineers bootlicking contractors, says Magufuli – IPP Media (TZA)
06/11/11
The government has calmed down fears of consultant engineers assigned to supervise various road projects countrywide over Sh 18.9bn debt and promised they would be paid sooner rather than later.

Safari aficionado Kent sets sights on Chinese game – The Telegraph (UK)
06/11/11
China’s new millionaires are piling into Europe and America in search of ways to spend their dollars, and Kent says he has been busy inventing pleasant ways to help them do it.

Bank pledges new funds for Africa edu programs – Global Times (CHN)
06/11/11
The China Development Bank (CDB) signed an agreement with China Europe International Business School (CEIBS) to donate $1.5 million to the school’s Africa Program, during a ceremony held on the school’s Beijing Campus Saturday.

China seeks to expand Sino-Africa fund – Xinhua (CHN)
05/11/11
China is considering ways to attract more investors to its China-Africa Development (CAD) fund, the country’s biggest equity fund focused on African investments, an official said Saturday.

China Dev Bank looking for investors in its Africa fund:official – Reuters
05/11/11
China Development Bank (CDB) , a government lender in financing key overseas investment projects, is looking for new fund contributors to its African investment fund, the bank’s chief economist said on Saturday.

Chinese firms build bridges with communities in Africa – China Daily (CHN)
03/11/11
Whereas some Chinese employers in Africa have been criticized for their failure to transfer skills or provide many job opportunities to local people, Chinese companies in Africa have made progress in recent years by improving labor relations and shouldering more social responsibilities.