Weekly news

10/01/2012 to 16/01/2012

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 China in Africa Podcast: China’s big media push in Africa – China Africa Project

 Juba Signs First Oil Deals Since Independence – RND (NED)

 African countries learning from China’s SEZs – China Daily (CHN)

 Chinese firm under fire over low pay at college project – Daily Nation (KEN)

 Mutharika grateful for no-strings-attached Chinese aid – Africa Review (KEN)

 China in Africa: From a Chinese perspective – How we made it in Africa blog

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China Demand to Support Angola Diamond Sales, Endiama Says – Business week
16/1/12
China’s increasing demand for diamonds is expected to support Angolan diamond exports and prices in 2012, said Antonio Jose Freitas, a spokesman for state-owned diamond company Endiama EP.

U.S.$865,790 for Old Police Line Rehabilitation – The Daily Observer (GMB)
16/1/12
The government of the Republic of China (Taiwan) through its Banjul Embassy has given the sum of US$ 865, 790 to the government of The Gambia for the rehabilitation of the old Banjul Police line. A cheque for the amount was presented Friday to the secretary general and head of the Civil Service, Dr Njogou Bah at his office, by the new Taiwanese ambassador to The Gambia, Samuel Cheng.

Lagos – China and the Light Rail Project – Daily Trust (NGA)
16/1/12
The Chinese are in Lagos and many other parts of Nigeria, involved in business, as well as in construction.

Nairobi Joins Uganda in Arms Shopping Spree – The East African (KEN)
15/1/12
Kenya’s use in Somalia of attack helicopters from China, fighter jets from Jordan and armoured vehicles from Israel is evidence that the country has been upgrading its military capabilities in response to new threats.

Seychelles opens doors to massive Chinese tourist market – The Sunday Times
15/1/12
The Seychelles is preparing to greet 150-plus visitors from China, the biggest-ever group tour from the world’s largest populous country, on January 22 in its drive to ramp up tourists from there.

China in Africa Podcast: China’s big media push in Africa – China Africa Project podcast
15/1/12
China is embarking on an aggressive media campaign in Africa with the launch of CCTV’s new broadcast operation in Nairobi, Kenya. The network says it hopes to join BBC, CNN and Al Jazeera among the major players in the international news business. Both Cobus and Eric have their doubts that Beijing is actually capable of attaining that goal given the fact that CCTV does not have a very good track record producing compelling content for an international audience.

‘Strong China – Nation Ties Boosting Business’ – New Vision (UGA)
14/1/12
With over 50% of the entire Ugandan population below 30 years, very few were born by the time China and Uganda established diplomatic missions .

Nation, China Agree On Bilateral Relations – The Citizen (SUD)
14/1/12
Several agreements including Oil exploration documents were signed yesterday between the Government of South Sudan and highly delegated Officials representing the Chinese Government as conformity to bind the relationship between the two countries. The Chinese delegation headed by a Senior Member of the Communist Party of China (CPC) the Ruling Party Li Yuanchao met with President Salva Kiir and reaffirmed the Chinese Government commitment in building tied relationship with South Sudan.

Juba Signs First Oil Deals Since Independence – RND (NED)
13/1/12
South Sudan signed its first oil deals with foreign nations since it won independence last July, inking agreements with Chinese, Indian and Malaysian firms, officials said.

China to Cooperate With Supreme Court – Angola Press (AGO)
13/1/12
The People’s Republic of China expressed on Friday in Luanda the intention to cooperate with the Angolan Supreme Court aiming to get experience in the sector.

CCTV Africa Launched – Nairobi Star (KEN)
13/1/12
Africa has always been portrayed as the problem-stricken continent grappling with famine, debt, corruption and civil wars. However thanks to an initiative by the China Central Television (CCTV), 700million viewers in over 170 countries can now get the real picture of Africa through a 24hr news channel that focuses on African news and views.

A High Level Chinese Delegation Visits RSS- Government of South Sudan Press Release (SUD)
13/1/12
A high level Chinese delegation comprising of top officials from the Communist Party of China (CPC), Chinese government and Chinese businessmen led by H.E Li Yuanchoa, a senior member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China arrived in Juba today in the morning.

Claims of sexual harassment at the Sierra Leone embassy in China as Head of Chancery Paul Minah converts government property into playboy mansion – Newstime Africa
13/1/12
It has come to light that the Embassy of the republic of Sierra Leone in China has become an amusement and entertainment center after having been converted to a playboy mansion by the Head of Chancery, Paul Minah.

New AU headquarters indicative of close China-Africa partnership: PM Meles – Gobyar Media Group (ETH)
13/1/12
Prime Minister Meles Zenawi said that the new African Union headquarters is a sign of close cooperation between China and Africa.

CTV Africa and “I LOVE AFRICA” mobile TV launched in Kenya – Coast Week (KEN)
13/1/12
China Central Television has officially launched CCTV Africa, a news production centre based in Kenya that focuses on African news and perspectives as well as international news.

Dragon hunts for oil – My digital fc
13/1/12
China has invested heavily to acquire strategic oil assets in Iraq, North and sub-Saharan Africa

Rwandan president meets with senior Chinese official – Coast Week (KEN)
13/1/12
President of Rwanda and Chairman of the Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) Paul Kagame met with Li Yuanchao, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Tuesday in Rwanda’s capital Kigali, during which they discussed growth of ties between their two countries.

Ugandan President Meets with Senior Chinese Official – Xinhua (CHN)
12/1/12
President of Uganda and Chairman of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Yoweri Museveni met with Li Yuanchao, a member of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, on Wednesday in the Ugandan capital Kampala.

“The Zambezi Valley: China’s First Agricultural Colony?” Fiction or Fact? – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
12/1/12
More than four years ago, Loro Horta, then a Ph.D. candidate at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies (RSIS) in Singapore, posted a series of stories including “The Zambezi Valley: China’s First Agricultural Colony?” (1) on the website of the Center for Strategic International Studies (CSIS), repeated in “Food Security in Africa: China’s New Rice Bowl,” at the Jamestown Foundation China Brief (2) making strong claims about Chinese interests in Mozambique agriculture: “China” wanted to grow rice in Mozambique to ship back to China, use Chinese farmers to do it, and had pledged $800 million toward this goal.

Chinese firm under fire over low pay at college project – Daily Nation (KEN)
12/1/12
A Chinese contractor building a military college in Zimbabwe has been accused of ill-treating and underpaying local workers, throwing the spotlight on the increasing influence of the Asian giant in the southern African country.

Chinese naval escort squads to Somali waters escorted 4,411 vessels in three years – Xinhua (CHN)
11/1/12
Chinese naval escort squads to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters have completed 409 missions and escorted 4,411 Chinese and foreign vessels over the past three years.

Malawian president speaks highly of Malawi-China ties – Xinhua (CHN)
11/1/12
Malawian President Bingu Mutharika on Tuesday spoke highly of Malawi-China relations, describing China as a true friend.

Africans Speaking Chinese! – Bson Africa blog
11/1/12
Upon return from one of my mini excursions, I ran into a fellow Sierra Leonean who had just returned from Sierra Leone for the holiday.  As I usually do with my fellow Africans and people in general, I struck up a conversation. I asked him the infamous question that those of less fortunate who didn’t get to travel back to Sierra Leone for the holiday ask the newly arrived, “Ow di Salone?” In translation, how are things? How is Sierra Leone? The man responded, “Salone Sweet, mi sista, Salone sweet.”

Chinese firm refutes claims of mistreating Zimbabwe workers – Africa Review (KEN)
11/1/12
A Chinese contractor building a military college in Zimbabwe has been accused of ill-treating and underpaying local workers, throwing the spotlight on the increasing influence of the Asian giant in the southern African country.

Mutharika grateful for no-strings-attached Chinese aid – Africa Review (KEN)
11/1/12
Malawi President Bingu wa Mutharika has praised China for offering unconditional aid to the country, and for respecting its sovereignty

Chinese brands –The Botswana Gazwette (BWA)
11/1/12
A couple of weeks ago I gave some marketing insights into the Chinese domestic economy. On the basis that we should know our ‘frenemy’ better.  After all the Chinese are in Africa in force, in search of consumables for their own economy. The bad news for us is that we don’t add much value to what China wishes to consume. We inherited it in its natural state and we are passing it on largely unimproved in exchange for rapid infrastructural improvements.

China refutes colonialism claims in Africa – China Daily (CHN)
11/1/12
Lu Shaye, director-general of the Chinese Foreign Ministry’s Department of African Affairs, on Wednesday exchanged views with people.com.cn readers on China’s diplomacy in 2011 and talked about China’s relationship with Africa.

African countries learning from China’s SEZs – China Daily (CHN)
11/1/12
A delegation of African government officials, experts and entrepreneurs gathered in Shenzhen on Monday for a China-Africa poverty reduction and development seminar, organized by the International Poverty Reduction Center in China, United Nations Development Program and China Center for Special Economic Zones Research of Shenzhen University.

China in Africa: From a Chinese perspective – How we made it in Africa blog
10/1/12
China’s growing presence in Africa has received much criticism over the past years. In a recent interview with Jeune Afrique magazine, Lu Shaye, director-general of China’s Department of African Affairs, gave a Chinese view on the whole debate.

Senior Chinese Officials Visit – New Times (RWA)
10/1/12
A group of 22 top Chinese government officials, yesterday arrived in Rwanda for a three-day visit to enhance bilateral relations between the two countries.
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On Recent Beijing Visit, a Tall Order for Zambia VP- Voice of America
9/1/12
In September, Rupiah Banda stood down from the Zambian presidency. After 20 years in office, his Movement for Multiparty Democracy was defeated by Michael Sata’s left-leaning Patriotic Front.

Chinese Delegation Expected to Deepen Bilateral Cooperation – Rwanda Focus (RWA)
9/1/12
With a view of strengthening Rwando-Chinese cooperation, a delegation of Chinese high government officials and businesspeople will soon visit the country for mutual collaboration and to explore investment opportunities.

Sino-African relations face challenge in new age – CNTV (CHN)
8/1/12
Chinese Foreign Miniser Yang Jiechi’s week-long African tour has been well received here in China. While it helps to strengthen Sino-Africa relations, experts say their relationship will face new challenges. Our reporter Hou Na has more.

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