12/01/2013 to 18/01/2013

Politics                                                                                                                 

Dead ends, new beginnings – China Daily (CHN)
18/01/2013
Li Anshan believes that African nations should define their development goals more clearly and ensure that they are not unduly affected or obstructed by external influence.

Africa’s Challenges for 2013 – Think Africa Press
16/01/2013
In 2013, Africa is likely to maintain its decade-old pace, setting annual average economic growth rate of 5% or more – according to estimates from the World Bank, the International Monetary Fund and the Africa Development Bank.

Chinese, Angolan Leaders Exchange Congratulatory Messages to Mark the 30th Anniversary of Diplomatic Ties between the Two Countries – FOCAC
16/01/2013
On January 12, 2013, Chinese President Hu Jintao exchanged congratulatory messages with Angolan President Jose Eduardo dos Santos to mark the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic ties between the two countries.

Angola: Ambassador Values Relations With China – FOCAC
16/01/2013
The Angolan ambassador to China, João Garcia Bires, Friday in Beijing valued the cooperation, in the last eight years, with the Asian nation, since then, is being built in Angola a modern country.

China in Africa: Great Decisions – Amb. David Shinn
15/01/2013
The Foreign Policy Association in New York asked me to write the “China in Africa” contribution for the 2013 edition of Great Decisions, an annual publication that is designed to stimulate debate on key current issues.  In addition to China in Africa, the 2013 edition contains essays on the future of the Euro, Egypt, NATO, Myanmar, Iran, Intervention and Threat Assessment.

China and Conflict in East Africa – Amb. David Shinn
15/01/2013
Peter Bosshard of International Rivers argued in China Dialogue on 14 January 2013 that Chinese support for the Gibe III dam in Ethiopia could fuel regional conflict between Ethiopia and Kenya.  His piece titled “Chinese Loans Could Fuel Regional Conflict in East Africa” makes this case.

China calls for reinforcement of cooperation among BRICS countries – FOCAC
15/01/2013
China on Thursday called for reinforcement of cooperation among five BRICS countries at the third meeting of senior representatives of national security affairs held in the Indian capital.

Don’t forget the critical role of China in Mali  – The Independent (GBR)
15/01/2013
Another year and another foreign adventure for the UK military, but with regards to Mali many analysts and commentators are missing an angle; the ‘Pivot to Asia’ and the surging role of China in the world.

In-depth article by Peking University professors on the shortcomings of China’s government-run volunteer program in Africa  – The China Africa Project (CHN)
14/01/2013
Clear progress has been made in China-Africa relations over the past decade or so, driven by economic cooperation. Similarly, the mutual support and friendly relations that China has had with African countries for over half a century are now evolving into “all-round strategic partnerships.”

China a Catalyst to Africa’s Development – The Herald (ZIM)
14/01/2013
Chris Alden believes China has proved a catalyst to development in Africa by smashing the Western donor stranglehold on the continent. The 53-year-old American academic, who is one of the leading global experts on the China-Africa relationship, says the world’s second-largest economy’s straightforward approach to investment without any ideological ties has proved a breath of fresh air.

Why Africa Is Turning to China – SACSIS (ZAF)
07/01/2013
Ghana held its general elections on December 7 and 8, 2012, reelecting incumbent President John Dramani Mahama. However, Nana Akufo-Addo, flag-bearer of the opposition New Patriotic Party, is challenging Mahama’s narrow win and intends tocontest the result in court, a legal process that is sure to be prolonged. The verdict could potentially challenge Ghana’s generally stable and peaceful political environment. What will not change are the country’s close economic ties to China.

Agriculture                                                                                                           

China, Egypt to enhance cooperation on irrigation – FOCAC
15/01/2013
China and Egypt have agreed to enhance cooperation with Egypt on irrigation and water resources, Egyptian Water Resources and Irrigation Minister Mohamed Bahaa-Eddin said Saturday.

China is biggest consumer of timber from Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
09/01/2013
China is the biggest consumer of timber from Mozambique accounting for 85 percent of the 430,000 cubic metres of logs to leave the African country between 2000 and 2010, according to a study from the Mozambican Environmental Research Agency.

Finance and Banking                                                                                           

Chinese data lift shares and commodities – Business Day (ZAF)
18/01/2013
World shares climbed to a 20-month high on Friday after fresh data revealed growing economic momentum in China and the US, while the yen hit new lows ahead of next week’s Bank of Japan meeting.

China recovery could aid SA – Business Report (ZAF)
18/01/2013
The recovery in China’s gross domestic product (GDP) growth to 7.9% year on year (y/y) in the fourth quarter 2012 from 7.4% y/y in the third quarter 2012 could aid SA in 2013 as it will boost its exports to China.

Sudan receives $1.5bn loan from China Development Bank – Engineering News (ZAF)
17/01/2013
Sudan has won a $1.5-billion loan from the state-run China Development Bank, which Khartoum hopes will ease the country’s severe economic crisis.

Banks Cash in On China Trade – New Vision (UGA)
15/01/2013
The large trade volumes between China and Uganda corridor have triggered a turf war between Ugandan banks, lowering trade costs and easing access to the tightly controlled Chinese Renminbi (Yuan).

Time to take African eco-concerns seriously – Global Times (CHN)
14/01/2013
Africa’s growth engine has been roaring for some time now. The recent global financial crunch could not stop it. This puzzled many, including the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. The argument was that Africa is too loosely attached to global economies to feel the heat of the crisis. However, a closer evaluation showed the continent had erected strong firewalls against such risks. This set the pace for economic autonomy in the continent.

Liberia to Benefit Chinese $500 Million Power Deal With Cote d’Ivoire – FOCAC
11/01/2013
Liberia is among West African countries expected to benefit from the U$500 million low-interest loan from China’s Export-Import Bank to finance the construction of a 275-megawatt hydropower station near the western town of Soubre.

Manufacturing                                                                                                      

China, Africa and the Textile Industry – Amb. David Shinn
16/01/2013
Writing for Consultancy Africa on 3 September 2012, Rutendo Dhliwayo, analyzed the impact of Chinese textiles on African production in a piece titled A Continent vs. a Country: China Putting Strain on Africa’s Clothing and Textiles Industries.

Oil and Energy                                                                                                     

Oil-rich coastlines lure fuel giants – Business Day (ZAF)
18/01/2013
EXXON Mobil, the world’s biggest listed oil and gas company which last month signed an agreement to start offshore exploration activities on the east coast of South Africa, is just one of the many major and sub-major energy companies that are increasing their footprint off the coast of the continent.

China buying ‘70% of our coal’, says Continental Coal – BBC News (GBR)
16/01/2013
Coal is one of the fastest-growing sources of energy in the world. Production was up 6% last year, twice the rate of increase in gas use and more than four times that of oil. Demand from markets like China is driving up revenues for coal firms. Asia Business Report’s Rico Hizon asked Jason Brewer, executive director at South Africa-based Continental Coal, how important Asian markets now are.

China’s Friendship with Africa – Just a Ploy to get its Natural Resources? – OilPrice.com
15/01/2013
June 20, 2006, was an important day for Angola. Amid the diplomatic pomp and handshakes of an official visit, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao opened the Luanda General Hospital and had his picture taken peering into a microscope, while surrounded by officials in suits and medics in white smocks.

Telecommunications                                                                                            

Baidu Targets Africa With Orange Tie-Up – FOCAC
14/01/2013
Baidu, the Chinese search engine, is building its international mobile footprint through a partnership with Orange in the Middle East and Africa

Trade                                                                                                                    

Banks cash in on China-Uganda trade – New Vision (UGA)
15/01/2013
The large trade volumes between China and Uganda corridor have triggered a turf war between Ugandan banks, lowering trade costs and easing access to the tightly controlled Chinese Renminbi (Yuan).

China trade rebounds – Business Report (ZAF)
10/01/2013
China’s trade growth rebounded strongly in December in a positive sign for the recovery of the world’s second-largest economy.

Transport and Infrastructure                                                                                 

Work in progress – China Daily (CHN)
11/01/2013
Chinese companies playing major role in African infrastructure development despite tough conditions. Over the past five years, anyone visiting any major road building project or power station construction site in Africa could not have failed to notice the presence of some of China’s leading companies. These companies are playing a key role in changing the face of the continent.

Defence                                                                                                                

China’s netizens call for military action in Sudan after the kidnapping of Chinese workers- China Africa Project (CHN)
16/01/2013
3 Chinese workers kidnapped in Sudan, an engineer also missing — Unidentified armed militants ambushed 3 Chinese workers in Sudan on the afternoon of the 12th. One Chinese engineer and a Sudanese supervisor, among others, also went missing that day.

Chinese loans could fuel regional conflict in East Africa – China Dialogue (CHN)
14/01/2013
China has made great efforts to support poverty reduction in Africa, and likes to present itself as a friend of the African people. But loans for contentious dam and irrigation projects now threaten to pull China into an explosive regional conflict between well-armed groups in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.

Society                                                                                                                

Chinese loans could fuel regional conflict in East Africa – China Dialogue (CHN)
14/01/2013
China has made great efforts to support poverty reduction in Africa, and likes to present itself as a friend of the African people. But loans for contentious dam and irrigation projects now threaten to pull China into an explosive regional conflict between well-armed groups in Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan.