Weekly news

13/10/2010 to 19/10/2010

Jonathan and the 36 stratagems -Daily Trust (NGA)

On the 16th of September 1961, the Chinese Communist Party’s People’s Daily newspaper published a review of the 36 Stratagems condensed from the biography of Wang Jingze, a Ming Dynasty general.

Egypt, South Africa discuss Cape-to-Cairo free trade -Africa Good News (ZAF)


African countries need to boost regional trade and investment to keep pace with growth in other emerging economies that have large consumer bases, such as India and China, South Africa’s trade chief said on Monday.

Macau to host forum on China’s cooperation with Portuguese language countries in November -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
The ministerial meeting of the Forum for Economic and Trade Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries will be held in Macau on 13-14 November, the organisation’s secretariat has announced.

Meyungbe-Olufunmilade: China and her African Commonwealth -The Guardian (NGA)
FOCAC, too, like the October 1st Revolution, no doubt deserves our toast as we mark its tenth year anniversary.

Arming Khartoum: China’s complicity in the Darfur genocide -Sudan Tribune (SUD)19/10/2010
On July 8, 2008, at approximately 2:45pm local time, heavily armed Janjaweed militia attacked a joint police and military patrol of the UN/African Union peacekeeping mission in Sudan (UNAMID).

The power of a smile, another lesson from China -The New Times (RWA)
There is this famous Chinese proverb which goes … “A man who cannot smile should not open a shop”. During my two weeks visit to China (which I have written about in two parts of my previous columns) I was impressed when came across this proverb. I couldn’t help but notice that it is not only a saying but it is actually put in practice as it is part of the culture well integrated in business relationships in China.

Don’t be xenophobic against Chinese – SACCORD -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
Southern African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (SACCORD) has urged Zambians not to become xenophobic against Chinese nationals following the shooting incident of workers at a Chinese owned Coal mine in Southern Province.

South Africa: Shanghai Expo Gives Country Image Make-Over -FOCAC (CHN)
South Africa’s participation at the Shanghai Expo, coupled with its hosting of the 2010 FIFA World Cup, has rebranded the country to the rest of the world.

South Africa: Govt Lauds Chinese Investment -FOCAC (CHN)
Huawei Technology has established one of its few research and development facilities in South Africa through which South Africans are able to access employment opportunities in addition to benefitting from skills development programmes.

Kunda to leave for China tomorrow -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
Vice President George Kunda is tomorrow Tuesday October 19, expected to travel to China to grace the Zambia National Pavilion Day of Expo.

From the Press Gallery: A China and North Korea in the making -Daily Monitor (UGA)18/10/2010
This is stuff we have been reading about in places like North Korea and China but now it’s right here in our own backyards. Okay, true we already know the state to be repressive and decadent, but when it stoops this low, there is every reason to get worried.

Mali boosts power capacity by a third with new plant -Africa Good News (ZAF)18/10/2010
Mali’s electricity generation capacity will rise by roughly a third thanks to the startup of a 55 MW Chinese-built thermal plant operated by Burkinabe firm Sopam, officials said.

China threatens to block UN report on Sudan -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
The Chinese government is fighting hard to prevent the publication of a report showing the flow of weapons it sold into the war ravaged region of Darfur over the course of last year despite a ban imposed by the UN Security Council (UNSC), according to a newspaper reported.

Zambian police arrest Chinese managers after miners shot -Business Day (ZAF)18/10/2010
The incident has raised a political storm, with opposition leader Michael Sata of the Patriotic Front accusing the Chinese in the country of being untouchable because they are funding the ruling party ahead of next year’s elections.

Chinese firm secures $5m Tazara wagons deal -The East African (KEN)
A Chinese firm has secured a $5 million contract to build 90 wagons for the regional Tanzania-Zambia Railway Authority (Tazara).

China’s Success: A Ghanaian Perspective -Ghana Web (GHN)
Nobody saw it coming, not even the United States or Europe. As a matter of fact, nobody expected that, one day–the Chinese would take over the global market.

Could a rusty coin re-write Chinese-African history? -BBC News (GBR)
It is not much to look at – a small pitted brass coin with a square hole in the centre – but this relatively innocuous piece of metal is revolutionising our understanding of early East African history, and recasting China’s more contemporary role in the region.

Chinese bosses charged over Zambian mine shooting- BBC (GBR)
Police in Zambia have charged two Chinese mine managers with attempted murder after they allegedly opened fire on a group of miners.

Huawei investment in SA welcomed -Business Day (ZAF)
Home Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma on Sunday welcomed Chinese mobile technology company Huawei’s investment in South Africa, her department said in a statement.

PAN-PEN congratulates Liu Xiaobo -Ghana Web (GHN)
PAN-PEN, the Pan African Network of International PEN has congratulated Liu Xiaobo, imprisoned Chinese writer for winning the 2010 Nobel Peace Prize.

Chinese Relationship and Marriage Customs in Africa -China Talking Points
Journalists and academics have speculated that the population now hovers around a million Chinese living across Africa.  If accurate, there are now more Chinese living in Africa than there were French residents at the height of the French colonial period in the 19th and 20th centuries, according to authors Serge Michel and Michel Beuret. Despite the impressive size of the Chinese population on the continent, there is remarkably little investigation into the social and cultural aspects of this community.

Thousands get free health care in ‘floating hospital’ -Daily Nation (KEN)
Medical staff aboard the Chinese Navy hospital ship Peace Ark have been treating an average of 700 patients a day since last Thursday.

Two Chinese nationals arrested for shooting 12 Zambian miners -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
Police have arrested the two Chinese nationals who shot at 11 miners and one onlooker at the Chinese Collum Coal Mine in Sinazongwe district in Southern Province.

SPLM gives assurances on Chinese oil investments in South Sudan -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
South Sudan’s ruling party reassured China that its investments in the semi-autonomous region will be protected if southerners vote for independence in a January 9 referendum.

Chinese auto group adds pick-ups to its SA offering -engineering News (ZAF)
Chinese vehicle manufacturer Foton has added the Thunda single- and double-cab pick-up range to its minibus taxi and panel van models available in South Africa since 2007.

Where others fear to tread -The Economist (GBR)
The decision by a Chinese business school to set up in Africa highlights Western schools’ reluctance to engage with the continent.

Sino-Eritrean trade ties strengthened -FOCAC (CHN)
Blessed with large deposits of precious minerals such as gold, silver, copper and zinc, Eritrea offers foreign investors a wealth of opportunities in the mining sector, while the agriculture, tourism, fisheries and manufacturing industries also possess huge potential.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun Meets with Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of Cameroon -FOCAC (CHN)
On October 12, 2010, Chinese Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun met with Chairman of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the National Assembly of Cameroon, who is visiting China at the invitation of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the NPC.

RLG shows the way in mobile phone manufacturing in Africa -Ghana Web (GHN)
Ghana’s first cell phone manufacturer, RLG Communications has since the past six months introduced a total of 18 R-series and G-series cell phones unto the local, continental and Asian markets.

China investment in Africa to slow this year -Business Day (ZAF)
Chinese investment in African countries will grow at a slower pace this year because of an uncertain economic outlook in the region, the Commerce Ministry said today.

China deal aids Africa footprint -Business Day (ZAF)
LAST week’s Electra Mining exhibition at the MTN Expo Centre, Nasrec, proved a valuable opportunity for Powerstar to promote its new corporate identity and that it is now a standalone truck manufacturing and marketing company.

The Rise of Non-Western Influence in Africa -Global Studies Review (USA)
Much of the recent attention on non-western influence in Africa has been devoted to China and properly so.   China actually has more independent consular offices in Africa than the United States.

China – Japan will not fail Ghana-Mr. Dan Markin -Ghana Web (GHN)
Following the recent state visits by President Mills to China and Japan, board chairman of the Ghana Railway Development Authority (GRDA) Dan Markin says those visits will yield positive results of accelerating the better Ghana schedule.

Two dignitaries call on the Speaker of Parliament -Ghana Web (GHN)
Two diplomats in Ghana, the Chinese Ambassador, Gong Jianzhong and the Resident Representative of the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), Ms Ruby Sandhu-Ro

Technology transfer: Non-compliance by Chinese firms worrisome, by NOTAP boss -Vanguard (NGA)
While Nigerian market  remains  porous to   foreign vendors who  operate without compliance to regulatory requirements , many Chinese firms operating in the country are yet to comply with technology transfer  agreement  despite several projects implemented by these  firms.

NigComSat1R may be ready before November 2011, says Rufai -Vanguard (NGA)
If recent projections fall in place, Nigeria may have another Communications Satellite in the Orbit before November 2011. This is as reliable information from NigComSat, says that programmes leading to the actualisation of replacement for the lost NigComSat1 was making tremendous progress.

China to boost ties with Uganda -FOCAC (CHN)
China will boost cooperation with Uganda in various fields to push bilateral ties to a new high, Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi said Tuesday.


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