11/10/2011 to 17/10/2011

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 TUC tasks Chinese firms on workers’ rights – Vanguard (NGA)

 South Africa foreign policy “independent” over Dalai Lama – The Daily Nation (KEN)

 Chinese Under Fire For Tuck Shop Investment – Radio VOP (ZWE)

 Car in front may be a Tiger… in five years – The Daily Nation (KEN)

 ANC continues its Chinese love affair – The Sunday Independent (ZAF)

  Talks to end Zambia-mine dispute deadlocked: union – Market Watch

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Trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries rises 28.37 pct between January and August – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
15/10/11
Trade between China and the eight Portuguese-speaking countries from January to August, 2011 totalled US$75.196 billion, a year-on-year rise of 28.37 percent, according to official figures from China published in Macau.

When China Met Africa – Mywekli
15/10/11
A cinematic feature documentary about China’s appetite for all things African. The film features Zambian government officials hob knobbing with their Chinese counterparts.

Bank of China’s loan to Mozambique used to carry out several projects in provinces of Zambézia and Tete – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
15/10/11
A loan of US$50 million provided by the Bank of China to the former Zambezi Planning Office has made it possible to carry out a variety of development projects, said the chairman of the institution that closed down in 2010.

Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao Attends the Reception on the 51st Anniversary of Nigeria’s Independence – FOCAC (CHN)
14/10/11
On October 11, 2011, Vice Foreign Minister Song Tao attended the reception held by the Nigerian Embassy in China to celebrate the 51st anniversary of Nigeria’s independence and held cordial and friendly talks with the Nigerian ambassador Wali about China-Nigeria and China-Africa relations.

New batch of Chinese aid arrives in Libyan capital –Xinhua (CHN)
14/10/11
A new batch of emergency humanitarian relief materials provided by the Red Cross Society of China arrived in the Libyan capital of Tripoli on Friday. The Tripoli-bound aid followed the arrival of the first batch on Tuesday, which marked the first Chinese humanitarian assistance to the city of Tripoli since the outbreak of the domestic turmoil in the North African nation.

TransNamib buys Chinese wagons – The Namibian (NAM)
14/10/11
TRANSNAMIB board chairman Festus Lameck was recently in China to conclude a N$48 million deal with a Chinese company for the purchase of 100 railway wagons. TransNamib chief public relations officer Ailly Hangula-Paulino has dismissed claims that the rail and road carrier was in the process of buying more locomotives from China, though.

TUC tasks Chinese firms on workers’ rights – Vanguard (NGA)
14/10/11
Trade Union Congress of Nigeria, TUC, yesterday, in Lagos, told a team of visiting labour leaders from China to prevail on Chinese companies in the country to respect Nigerian laws and workers’ rights.

Xi Jinping Meets with Members of the Workshop of the ANC National Executive Committee of South Africa – FOCAC (CHN)
13/10/11
On October 10, 2011, Xi Jinping, member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Chinese Communist Party (CPC) Central Committee and Vice President met in the Great Hall of the People with the delegation of the workshop of the National Executive Committee of the African National Congress (ANC) of South Africa led by Secretary General Gwede Mantashe.

Update on China-Africa bibliography – Ambassador David Shinn’s blog
13/10/11
An update to a bibliography on China-Africa materials. The initial bibliography appeared in issue 108 (2008) of African Research and Documentation (ARD), the journal of the Standing Conference on Library Materials on Africa. ARD just published an addendum to the original bibliography in issue 115 (2011). These materials are intended to assist researchers on China-Africa relations.

Chinese donation supports WFP’s food distribution in famine- stricken Somalia – Xinhua (CHN)
13/10/11
The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) on Wednesday began the distribution of food assistance purchased using a 16 million U.S. dollars donation from China to hungry families in Somalia, WFP statement said.

China pledges $70m help to Horn of Africa – China Daily (CHN)
13/10/11
China will provide more help to famine-stricken countries in the Horn of Africa, a Foreign Ministry spokesman said on Thursday.
China has pledged to offer 443.2 million yuan ($70 million) in emergency grain and funds to help the region cope with its worst drought in six decades, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said during a daily press briefing.

Matobo villagers complain over substandard Chinese buildings – News Day (ZWE)
13/10/11
Residents of Maphisa in Matobo district have urged the government to be wary of Chinese contractors whom they accused of poor workmanship.

Tanzania secures China loan for 300 MW power plant – Engineering News (ZAF)
13/10/11
Tanzania has secured a loan from China to build a $684-million gas-fired power plant in the south of the country to plug energy shortages in east Africa’s second biggest economy, the government said late on Wednesday.

Ghana orders two patrol vessels from China – GhanaWeb (GHA)
13/10/11
Ghana has ordered two 46 metre patrol vessels from China’s Poly Technologies Incorporated as part of a larger drive to modernise its navy. The vessels will be used to combat piracy and increase maritime security off Ghana’s coast once they are delivered before yearend.

SA foreign policy independent, says Zuma – 7th Space
13/10/11
President Jacob Zuma has clarified South Africa’s foreign policy, saying it was independent and the country’s decisions were informed by its national interest.

South Africa foreign policy “independent” over Dalai Lama – The Daily Nation (KEN)
13/10/11
South African President Jacob Zuma on Thursday insisted on his government’s independence in its foreign policy in a veiled reference to South Africa’s handling of a visa application by the Dalai Lama.

Chinese tyres cause accidents: police – The Zimbabwean (ZWE)
12/10/11
In an interview with The Zimbabwean, police traffic spokesperson Tigere Chigome cited the influx of imported tyres that do not suit African weather conditions as contributing factor to the rising carnage.

China understands Libya’s call to further release frozen assets for post-war reconstruction – FOCAC (CHN)
12/10/11
China understands the Libyan National Transition Council’s (NTC) call for the international community to release frozen assets for post-war reconstruction, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said on Tuesday.

”China supports Libya to unfold the post-war reconstruction under the leadership of the NTC and to resume national stability, economic development and normal life,” he said.

Is China “Grabbing Land” and Causing Famine in Africa? – FOCAC (CHN)
12/10/11
Lu Shaye, director general of the African Affairs Department of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, recently pointed out that “Some countries accuse China of ‘grabbing’ land in Africa and even blame China for the Horn of Africa famine and that is entirely untrue.”

Sino-Nam food deal ‘imminent’ – The Namibian (NAM)
12/10/11
An agreement between Namibia and China on trade in agricultural and fisheries products is likely to be signed in the Chinese capital, Beijing, next month.

Integration key to averting crises – Kagame – The New Times (RWA)
12/10/11
The President commended china-Africa relations, observing that the Asian powerhouse views Africa as an investment destination and trading partner, emphasising that this new development should not be seen as re-colonisation of Africa.

Chinese Demand for Ivory Threatens Kenya’s Elephants – Voice of America (USA)
12/10/11
Officials in Kenya say Chinese demand for ivory has prompted a surge in elephant poaching and the illegal smuggling of elephant tusks.  Now authorities are looking at ways to curb demand and to better defend the elephant population.

Chinese Under Fire For Tuck Shop Investment – Radio VOP (ZWE)
12/10/11
Chinese businessmen here have come under fire from local business people for failing to resuscitate the Zimbabwe economy but only ”chocking local market with tuck shop investment”.

A passion for Chinese – The Standard (KEN)
11/10/11
Judie Ombuor, a student at the University of Nairobi, did Kenya proud by winning the annual Chinese Bridge Competition held in May and taking part in the world event held in China.

Angola and China sign cooperation protocol – AngolaPress (AGO)
11/10/11
The Angolan government, through the Ministry of Health, and the Republic of China will sign on Tuesday in Luanda a bilateral cooperation accord.

Concerted action underway to develop Eritrea’s comparative advantage in collaboration with China – Shabait (ERI)
11/10/11
In an interview he conducted with the Shanghai Daily newspaper today, President Isaias pointed out that concerted action is being taken to develop Eritrea’s comparative advantage in collaboration with China.

Uganda on target for December 2012 DTV switchover – Rapid TV News
10/10/11
The Ugandan Government has given assurances that it will meet a December 2012 deadline for migration to DVB-T2 digital terrestrial television (DTV), after appointing China’s Huawei to roll out the necessary technology.

Car in front may be a Tiger… in five years – The Daily Nation (KEN)
10/10/11
In five short years, Chinese vehicles could dominate Kenyan roads, especially in the saloon and pickup categories, according to Stantech Motors executive director Justus Nguu.

China’s Three Gorges Gorp to build dam in Mauritius – China Daily (CHN
10/10/11
The China Three Gorges Corp (CTGC), the operator of China’s largest water control program, has signed a contract with the Mauritian government to build a water conservation project in the African island nation, sources with the company said on Oct 10.

Mines to step in after Chinese no-show – The Namibian (NAM)
10/10/11
Congo has opened talks with mining companies over bridging a US$200 million gap left by delayed Chinese funds meant to help revamp the country’s dilapidated rail network, Congolese officials said.

Bowing to China brings Zuma trouble – The Australian (AUS)
10/10/11
The ANC government he did so much to help win power is, Tutu says, “worse than the apartheid government”. It is so “disgraceful” that he is preparing to start praying for its downfall, just as he did for the collapse of the apartheid regime.

ANC continues its Chinese love affair – The Sunday Independent (ZAF)
10/10/11
South Africa’s flirtation with China went into overdrive this week when a high-powered ANC delegation, led by secretary-general Gwede Mantashe, quietly flew to Beijing to cement ties with the Asian economic giant and its ruling Chinese Communist Party.

Talks to end Zambia-mine dispute deadlocked: union – Market Watch
10/10/11
Talks to resolve a dispute between management and miners at Chinese-owned Chambishi Copper Mine broke down Sunday after the two sides failed to agree on a new wage structure being demanded by the workers, a union official said Monday.

The rise and rise of China in Zambia – Mail and Guardian (ZAF)
09/10/11
Although Zambia is nowhere near China’s biggest African partner, the country’s relationship with the Asian investor is growing rapidly. However, as well as concerns that Chinese companies have been favoured to the point of undermining Zambian tax revenue, there are also numerous complaints about labour conditions in Chinese-operated mines and factories.

S.Africa’s ANC officials visit China – local papers – Reuters
09/10/11
High-ranking officials of South Africa’s ruling ANC visited China this week, local media reported on Sunday, in what could be seen as the party’s unreserved support for Beijing.

Huawei delivers Uganda fiber Internet backbone – New Vision (UGA)
09/10/11
Friday inaugurated the second phase of an Internet backbone infrastructure measuring 1,380 kilometers (855 miles), bringing the total amount of fiber optics laid in the country so far to 1,548 km.  
 
The second phase of the project comes more than four years after the first phase of the US$106 million National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure (NBI) and the Electronic Government Infrastructure (EGI) initiative.

Why Kenya now looks up to China – The Sunday Nation (KEN)
08/10/11
Moved by the plight of the 4 million Kenyans faced with hunger, the Chinese government has provided Sh2 billion worth of relief food. The donation includes rice, wheat, beans, maize flour and cooking oil.

Dalai Lama criticizes China in S.African address – Associated Press
08/10/11
The Dalai Lama on Saturday sharply criticized China, which is accused of blocking him from traveling to South Africa to celebrate Archbishop Desmond Tutu’s 80th birthday.

Chinese investors accused of unfair business practice – The Standard (ZWE)
08/10/11
AICO Africa Ltd, one of the leading companies in the country’s cotton sector, says it lost millions of dollars because of unfair business practices by Chinese investors who he accused of clandestinely buying cotton from contracted farmers. In an interview in Washington DC on Thursday, Pat Devenish, Aico group chief executive officer told Standardbusiness his company lost about US$10 million dollars last year after Sino-Zimbabwe allegedly purchased cotton from farmers contracted by the local industry.

U.S. buyers shun “conflict minerals” in Congo’s east – New Vision (UGA)
08/10/11
Eight years after the formal end of a war that killed millions and drew in six other African countries, rebel groups and the Congolese army continue to battle for control of mine sites deep in the hills of eastern Congo. “Of 25 exporters that exist (in Goma), not more than three are operational, (all) belonging to Chinese. For China there is no problem, they continue to export to their country,” local Congolese exporter Thierry Kituli Kaoma told Reuters.