Weekly news

13/12/2011 to 20/12/2011

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 Beijing’s gas loan tests IMF – Asia-Africa Confidential

 Ethiopia, China sign accord for Mieso-Diredawa-Dewele Railway Construction – Walta Info (ETH)

 China is looking to Africa for an alternative source of cotton – China Daily (CHN)

 China in Africa Podcast: China’s not interfering, it’s mediating – China Africa Project podcast

 Sata calls for continuous cooperation with China – Lusaka Times (ZMB)

 China to TAZARA’s rescue… again – The Southern Times

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December vol5 no2
Officials in Washington are in last-minute negotiations over a compromise deal on the terms of China’s multi-billion-dollar loan to Accra

Pipeline problems – Asia-Africa Confidential
December vol5 no2
On 28 November, Sudan’s Petroleum Minister Ali Ahmed Osman announced that South Sudan would no longer be able to export its crude through the northern pipeline and Port Sudan, provoking the anger and intervention of the Chinese government.

Kaunda settles Sata’s differences with Beijing – Asia-Africa Confidential
December vol5 no2
President Michael Sata is trying to reassure Chinese politicians and business leaders about his government’s planned reforms

Beijing’s gas loan tests IMF – Asia-Africa Confidential
December vol5 no2
Officials in Washington are in last-minute negotiations over a compromise deal on the terms of China’s multi-billion-dollar loan to Accra

A special relationship in the making – Asia-Africa Confidential
December vol5 no2
Many in the governing National Democratic Congress want to boost ties with China to new heights: their target is some US$10 billion of Chinese loans (AAC Vol 3 No 12).

Alarm over security deal – Asia-Africa Confidential
December vol5 no2
President Sata’s government investigates inflated contracts that were financed with Chinese concessional loans

Seychelles in the scheme of China’s naval expansion – Business Standard
18/12/11
This week, the media spotlight fell on the small island nation of Seychelles, a former French and British colonial possession off the east coast of Africa. On Monday, China’s ministry of national defence announced that Beijing was considering using the port on the main island of Mahe for naval purposes, in response to an offer from Seychelles.

Ethiopia, China sign accord for Mieso-Diredawa-Dewele Railway Construction – Walta Info (ETH)
17/12/11
Ethiopian Railway Corporation and China Civil Engineering Construction Cooperation (CCECC) signed agreement Friday providing for the construction of Mieso-Diredawa-Dewele railway line which covers a total length of 339 km.

‘Blame lawless Chinese, African businessmen for inferior goods’ – The Nation (NGA)
17/12/11
With the influx of some inferior goods labelled ‘Made-in-China’ into Nigeria and other African markets, the Chinese Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr. Deng Boqing, has put the blame on dubious Chinese and African businessmen. In this interview with Augustine Ehikioya, he also addresses controversy over working conditions of Nigerians in Chinese companies in Nigeria.

Rebranded in China, Exported to Africa – China Defense blog
16/12/11
The Made-in-China MRAP in Africa.  The following photos might provide hints on the transfer of MRAP to China.

Senior CPC official hails official ties with Zambian ruling party – Xinhua (CHN)
16/12/11
The China visit by a high-ranking delegation of the Patriotic Front (PF) of Zambia marked the beginning of formal exchanges and cooperation between the two countries’ ruling political parties, a senior official of the Chinese Communist Party(CPC) said here Thursday.

Chinese to fund Sunyani water expansion – Minister – Ghana Web (GHA)
16/12/11
The Chinese government has expressed interest to undertake expansion of the Sunyani Water Supply System, Mr. Kwadwo Nyamekye–Marfo, Brong–Ahafo Regional Minister, has said.

Africa Needs Smart States To Engage China – The Namibian (NAM)
16/12/11
One of the defining features of Africa’s geopolitics and economics during the past decade has been the degree to which China has established itself as a leading political and commercial interlocutor in African affairs. By all accounts, it is a presence that will mark the next decades.

Points Miles & Martinis – Seychelles In The News – Crash At Seychelles Airport + China Sets Up Military Base – USA Today (USA)
16/12/11
Coincidence that a US drone emergency landed in Seychelles where the Chinese have set up their 1st overseas mil. base?

China is looking to Africa for an alternative source of cotton – China Daily (CHN)
16/12/11
China is doing more to promote and develop its cotton-planting operation in four African countries, the Ministry of Commerce said on its website on Thursday.

China in Africa: Global Health and Foreign Aid – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
15/12/11
In print just in time for the holidays — a new Center for Strategic International Studies book on China’s Emerging Global Health and Foreign Aid Engagement in Africa, available for free downloading on the internet.

China to support C4 countries on cotton production – Xinhua (CHN)
15/12/11
China and the group of four major African cotton producing countries (C4) announced Wednesday a joint program in Geneva aimed at supporting C4’s cotton production through technical and financial assistance over the next few years.

China beats out World Bank as biggest lender to Africa – Shanghai List (CHN)
14/12/11
In accordance with rapidly-waning Western influence on the African continent, China has surpassed the World Bank as biggest lender to the credit-poor developing world in the past year, according to US-based Asia Society.

China denies overseas military base rumors – People’s Daily (CHN)
14/12/11
China on Tuesday said that it has never set up military bases abroad, and there is no cause to worry about China seeking a re-supply port for its navy ships in Seychelles.

China in Africa Podcast: China’s not interfering, it’s mediating – China Africa Project podcast
14/12/11
China’s top diplomat for Africa, Liu Guijin, intervenes to try and resolve the brewing dispute between South Sudan and Sudan. China’s role as mediator is really a first and raises the question as to whether or not this represents Beijing’s enhanced global stature or just one a one-off based on China’s huge oil investments in the region. We also take a look at how opposition parties in Ghana are drawing lessons on how to position China in upcoming elections. Finally, why it’s so incredibly annoying each time the word “colonialism” appears in Western media analysis of the Chinese in Africa.

China’s Interests in Africa with Dr Martyn Davies – YouTube, ABN Digital
13/12/11
Africa has become a favoured investment destination for the world’s fastest growing emerging economies of China and India. Joining ABN’s Lerato Mbele in studio to discuss their next move in Africa is Dr Martyn Davies, CEO of Frontier Advisory.

China supports Niger in pursuit of peace, development: senior official – Xinhua (CHN)
13/12/11
China has the desire to support Niger in its pursuit of peace and development, a senior official said on Tuesday.

Sata calls for continuous cooperation with China – Lusaka Times (ZMB)
13/12/11

In his sudden u-turn over Chinese investment, President Sata has called for continued closer ties with China. Sata who met with Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhai Jun in Lusaka yesterday called for continuous cooperation and exchange with China.

Zambia President calls for continuous cooperation with China – Xinhua (CHN)
13/12/11
Zambian President Michael Sata on Monday met Chinese Deputy Foreign Minister Zhai Jun in the south African country’s capital city Lusaka, calling for continuous cooperation and exchange with China.

Where Are All The Chinese? – Stories from Somaliland blog
13/12/11
Since arriving in Somaliland about four months ago, I still have yet to see a Chinese person. To be honest, I have not seen many foreigners at all except for the occasional Western aidworker, Saudi sheikh, or Sri Lankan gemstone prospector. By and large, every new person I meet here is a Somaliland local or a Somali from the diaspora who has come back.

China to TAZARA’s rescue… again – The Southern Times
12/12/11
China will will assist with rehabilitation of the Tanzania-Zambia Railway (TAZARA). 

In recent years, Beijing has on several occasions extended financial and technical assistance to TAZARA, which was built with Chinese money in 1976 but has been facing operational challenges and is operating far below capacity.

U.S.-China Engagement in Africa – Ambassador David Shinn’s blog
12/12/11
The Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) published in November 2011 a report titled “China’s Emerging Global Health and Foreign Aid Engagement in Africa.”  I contributed a paper titled “U.S.-China Collaboration on Health and Agriculture in Africa.”

Military doctors gain from Sudan experience – China Daily (CHN)
12/12/11
For doctors in People’s Liberation Army (PLA) military hospitals, taking part in a peacekeeping mission in South Sudan is about as close to being in a war zone as they can come.

Chinese envoy: Preserving peace, stability in the interest of Sudan, South Sudan – People’s Daily (CHN)
12/12/11
China’s Special Envoy for African Affairs Liu Guijin has said that preserving peace and stability between Sudan and South Sudan is in the interest of the two countries and China encourages them to stick to the peaceful option, the Chinese embassy in Khartoum said Sunday.

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