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12/06/2011 to 18/06/2011

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China tops the list of development financiers – Business Daily (KEN)
20/06/2011
China and the African Development Bank are solidifying their positions as major project financiers for development agencies in Kenya as Western countries gradually lose turf to the emerging giants.

China to encourage better local relations in Zimbabwe – Telegraph (GBR)
19/06/2011
China has sent a special delegation to Zimbabwe to encourage better relations between its countrymen and the locals after reports of inhumane treatment and underpayment by the “new colonial master”.

Maersk Line sees bumper growth in Asia-Africa commodities trade -Manilla Bulletin (PHL)
18/06/2011
Maersk Line, the world’s top container shipping firm, sees double-digit growth for its Asian shipments of palm oil, sugar and rice to Africa this year as demand for food commodities surges in frontier markets, an executive said on Friday.

SA rushed into joining BRICS: Shivambu -Business Report (ZAF)
18/06/2011
The South African government made a mistake by rushing to join Brics, a group of major emerging markets, comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China.

Bélinga bonus, uncertainty for CMEC -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
17/06/2011
The Gabonese government is looking for a way out of its contract with a Chinese company to mine iron ore at Bélinga

Aurora’s gold mine collapses -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
17/06/2011
On 2 June, Congress of South African Trade Unions General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi called on the government to launch an investigation into Aurora Empowerment Systems and the Pamodzi Gold liquidators for what he described as looting, asset-stripping and connivance.

Doors open, doors close -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
17/06/2011
In early June, Guinea’s President Alpha Condé set the tone for more tense negotiations with mining investors when he declared that Chinese-style mines-for-infrastructure deals are unacceptable.

Juba promises continuity for Asian investors -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
17/06/2011
The Asian companies which exploit Sudan’s oil are holding on tight as tensions mount over Abyei and a new constitutional order is created in the South

China is doing a good job in Africa -FOCAC (CHN)
17/06/2011
The most ironic thing is that Hillary Clinton apparently does not know the significance of Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, in the history of China-Africa relations. It is the site where China built its first railway for Tanzania and Zambia.

Sudan conflict not ending soon -The New Times (RWA)
17/06/2011
News that Sudanese government troops have launched attacks on two Darfur towns, only tell us how cumbersome it is to forge peace in that country. China is again implicated. The Panorama TV programme tracked down Chinese army lorries in the Sudanese province that came from a batch exported from China to Sudan in 2005.

Don’t criticise Chinese on behalf of Europeans, says Mutambara -The Herald (ZWE)
17/06/2011
Zimbabweans should not criticise Chinese operations in the country on behalf of the Americans and the Europeans, Deputy Prime Minister, Professor Arthur Mutambara told legislators on Wednesday.

Banda, Chinese delegation confer -Times of Zambia (ZMB)
17/06/2011
President Rupiah Banda yesterday held a closed-door meeting with a delegation from the Communist Party of China (CPC) at State House.

Chinese investment to grow by $3 billion -Times of Zambia (ZMB)
16/06/2011
THE Chinese investment in Zambia will go up by US$3 billion by the year 2014 and will bring many benefits for the local people, an expert has said.

Shelter Afrique postpones China’s shareholding -Business Daily (KEN)
16/06/2011
Shelter Afrique will not admit China as a shareholder until next year, slowing plans by the pan-African lender to tap funds for rolling out social housing projects in a model similar to the one used in the Asian economic giant.

Works on Western railway lines to cost $400 million -Ghana Web (GHN)
16/06/2011
He said Government was banking its hopes on a Chinese loan facility to start the rehabilitation of the railway lines by the end of the year.

China-Ethiopia to further agricultural cooperation -Walta Info (ETH)
16/06/2011
China willing to further strengthen agricultural cooperation with Ethiopia, Charge d’ Affairs of the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia said.

FINOPEC signs N25m contract with AFN -The Vanguard (NGA)
16/06/2011
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria was thrown into a frenzy Wednesday, after entering into $150,000 (about N25 million) contract with a Chinese oil company, FINOPEC.

ONLF Warns Chinese Exploration Firms -Shabelle Media Network (SOM)
16/06/2011
The Ogaden National Liberation Front ONLF on Thursday warned Chinese exploration companies against operating in the Somali region under Ethiopia control.

China pledges more support -New Times (RWA)
15/06/2011
Rwanda is among African countries that will continue to get support from the Chinese government.

Kampala school adds Mandarin to syllabus -Daily Monitor (UGA)
15/06/2011
In a move to underscore the growing global influence of China, a school in Uganda has added to its syllabus official Mandarin, the language spoken in China, pending a nod from the Ministry of Education.

Africa’s first ‘designer’ city emerges in Angola’s dash to build a million homes -Business Daily (KEN)
15/06/2011
“Even in China, I didn’t see such a big, large-scale project,” said Wu Zhixin, chief engineer for CITIC, the contractor on Kilamba Kiaxi.

U.S. Secretary of State’s “new colonialism” remark aims to estrange Sino-African relations: expert -Xinhua (CHN)
15/06/2011
U.S. Secretary of State’s remarks to liken China’s presence in Africa as “new colonialism” aims to estrange relations between China and African countries, said a leading Chinese expert on African studies Tuesday.

US gives its blessings to Bashir’s China visit -Sudan Tribune (SDN)
15/06/2011
The United States on Thursday called on China to use the visit of Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir to press him on implementing the 2005 Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA).

Sudanese president planning a visit to China next week -Sudan Tribune (SDN)
14/06/2011
The Sudanese president Omer Hassan al-Bashir will travel to China next week in a previously unannounced visit, an Iranian official said on Tuesday.

Why Chinese think that all Africans are from SA -Nairobi Star (KEN)
14/06/2011
What do you think of when you picture Africa? When this question is put to many average Chinese people, they say Africa is still a mystery they would love to discover. For majority of them, Africa with its vast borders defining its different countries is however still not clearly understood.

$14m projects: China to send 469 technocrats to Nigeria -The Vanguard (NGA)
14/06/2011
Abuja-China is to send 469 technicians to Nigeria to provide technical assistance to the 36 states in the execution of 109 projects worth $14million.

Land deals in Ethiopia -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn
14/06/2011
The Oakland Institute has just released a study on understanding land investment deals in Ethiopia (PDF). The institute found evidence that only two countries — Egypt and Djibouti — had invested directly in Ethiopian farmland. Contrary to press reports, China was absent from the land investment deals

China pledges to promote stability in west Asia, north Africa as Saudi lawmakers visit -FOCAC (CHN)
14/06/2011
China on Monday pledged to promote peace and stability in west Asia and north Africa as a delegation of Saudi Arabian lawmakers visit.

Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi Holds Talks with Foreign Minister of the Republic of Congo Ikouebe -FOCAC (CHN)
14/06/2011
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi held talks in the Foreign Ministry with Basile Ikouebe, visiting Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation of the Republic of Congo.

China-Africa cooperation should be treated in “objective, fair way”: FM spokesman -FOCAC (CHN)
14/06/2011
China hopes that related parties treat China-Africa cooperation in an “objective and fair way,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Hong Lei said Tuesday.

China plans African ventures -FOCAC (CHN)
13/06/2011
China, the world’s biggest maker of solar panels, plans to build power projects using the devices in 40 African nations, aiming to cut the continent’s reliance on fossil fuels and open a new market for Chinese manufacturers.

Southern Africa and China work at expanding trade relations -FOCAC (CHN)
13/06/2011
China is willing to expand imports from southern African nations and encourage Chinese companies to invest in the region, Vice-Premier Wang Qishan said on Saturday.

Bill Gates, Hilary Clinton, China in Africa, and The Dragon’s Gift -China in Africa: The Real Story
13/06/2011
Some notes on Hilary Clinton’s recent comments on China’s involvement in Africa.

‘Partner with the US, not China,’ says Clinton -The Namibian (NAM)
13/06/2011
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Friday warned Africa that China does not always have its interests at heart as economic ties expand, and offered the US as an alternative.

Chinese Firm to Pay U.S.$200 Million for Calub Gas Concessions -Addis Fortune (ETH)
13/06/2011
A Chinese company based in Hong Kong, whose name authorities have not disclosed, agreed to pay over 200 million dollars to the Ethiopian government last week for concessions on Calub Gas Reserve, located in Somali Regional State, sources disclosed to Fortune.

Chinese envoy commissions 90 TAZARA wagons -Times of Zambia (ZMB)
13/06/2011
Chinese Ambassador to Zambia Zhou Yuxiao has commissioned the newly-acquired 90 wagons by Tanzania Zambia Railway Authority (TAZARA) from China at a cost of US$5 million as part of implementation of a bilateral protocol the Asian country signed two years ago.

Chinese Investments in the Country Hit Over U.S.$7.3 Billion -Daily Independent (NGA)
13/06/2011
Permanent Secretary in the Federal Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, Fatima Bamidele, said Chinese trade investments in Nigeria has risen to over $7.3billion, thus making Nigeria the second largest trading partner with China in Africa.

 

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