Weekly news

14/09/2009 to 20/09/2009

All last week’s China Africa developments below: 

* 732 Nigerians in Chinese Prisons, Says Perm Sec- This Day (NGA)
22/09/2009
Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Joe Keshi, yesterday said 732 Nigerians were currently in detention in Chinese prisons for various offences. 
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* NAFDAC Impounds Unregistered Chinese Products- This Day (NGA)

21/09/2009
National Agency for Food and Drug Control (NAFDAC) has raided some markets in Kaduna and Zamfara states where sweets, biscuits chocolates and tomato pastes imported from China without expiry dates and manufacturers address were seized. 
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* Fake Drugs: China Apologises to Nigeria- This Day (NGA)
21/09/2009
Following cases of importation of unwholesome drugs into Nigeria by Chinese companies, China has formally apologised for flooding the country with such harmful products. 
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* Chinese to buy Super Group truck assembly plant- Engineering News (ZAF)
21/09/2009
Norinco Motors looks set to be the first Chinese company to operate a vehicle assembly plant in South Africa. 
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* Interview: China helps Liberia in post-war recovery- China Wire (CHN)
21/09/2009
Chinese Ambassador to Liberia Zhou Zuxiao has said that China has released more than 20 million U.S. dollars to Liberia in annual aid in recent years. 
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* China’s eighth peacekeeping squad leaves for Sudan- China View (CHN)

21/09/2009
China’s eighth peacekeeping squad, an 11-strong team, left Beijing Sunday to take part in the United Nations mission in Sudan. Full Story.
* China Spreads Aid in Africa, With a Catch for Recipients- New York Times (USA)
21/09/2009
It is not every day that global leaders set foot in this southern African nation of gravel roads, towering sand dunes and a mere two million people. 
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* Chinese firm rescues copper firm in Namibia- Africa News (NED)
21/09/2009
A Chinese company has come to the rescue of copper producer, Weatherly International that shut down its mines during last year with a bid to buy half of the mine in Namibia. 
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* Ghana, China collaborate to explore oil- Ghana Web (GHN)
20/09/2009
Ghana and China are to collaborate for massive exploration of oil that could make Ghana a leading world explorer and hub of the industry in the West African sub-region. 
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* China offers two billion dollars to Ghana- Ghana Web (GHN)

20/09/2009
China has offered Ghana a concessionary loan of two billion dollars to help government in its efforts to sufficiently stabilize the economy for the necessary growth, the Minister for Finance and Economic Planning, Dr. Kwabena Duffuor, has told Cabinet. 
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* Tanzania president hails Forum on China-Africa Cooperation as “great initiative”- China View (CHN)
20/09/2009
Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete on Saturday said that the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation is a “great initiative” as it serves as the structure for the two sides to work together. 
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* Lesotho PM meets senior Chinese diplomat- China View (CHN)

19/09/2009
Lesotho’s Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili met on Friday with visiting Assistant Foreign Minister of China Zhai Jun in Maseru, capital of Lesotho, to discuss how to promote bilateral ties and cooperation. 
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* Chinese envoy briefs Cote d’Ivoire media on development, Sino-African ties- China View (CHN)
19/09/2009
The Chinese ambassador in Cote d’Ivoire, Wei Wenhua, talked to Cote d’Ivoire’s journalists on Friday at the House of the Press in Abidjan on China’s development and its ties with Africa — ahead of the 60th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China. 
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* China’s direct investment in Africa up 81% in 1H- China Trade Information (CHN)
19/09/2009
China’s direct investment in Africa rose 81 percent in the first half year from the same period last year to 552 million U.S. dollars, according to a report released by the Ministry of Commerce (MOC) Tuesday. 
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* Pamodzi ceases talks with China-Africa Development Fund- Business Report (ZAF)
18/09/2009
Pamodzi Gold announced on Thursday that without its Free State assets, a viable funding solution with the China-Africa Development Fund will not be possible. 
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* Government pursues $2b loan from China- Ghana Web (GHN)
18/09/2009
Government is hoping to secure a loan facility in excess of $2 billion from China on concessionary terms. 
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* SA and China build steel pipe plant in Mozambique- Business Day (ZAF)
18/09/2009
A factory making steel tubes with an investment of around $50 million has been opened in the Beluluane Free Zone outside Maputo. The factory is a joint project between South African, Chinese and Mozambican companies. 
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* Angola sees China long-standing worthy partner in post-war reconstruction- China View (CHN)
17/09/2009
China is a long-standing and worthy partner in Angola’s post-war economic reconstruction program, a senior Angolan official has said during his recent inspection visit to Benguela Stadium under construction in central Benguela province. Full Story.
* China, Japan have to press Sudan for transparency in oil figures – watchdog- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
17/09/2009
A global watchdog to exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources, urged today China and Japan to press Sudan for greater openness on oil revenues. 
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* China’s investment expansion in S Africa “only beginning”- China Trade Information (CHN)
16/09/2009.
China’s outward investment expansion in South Africa was only beginning, Kobus van der Wath, the founder and group managing director of the consultancy The Beijing Axis, said on Wednesday. 
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* China partnering, not plundering, in Africa- Business Day (ZAF)
15/09/2009
Zhong Jianhua also said Africa was destined for an economic revolution similar to China’s, and that Chinese investment and its experience of the last 30 years would help the poorest continent achieve that end. 
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* China firm to buy half of Weatherly for $26.8 mln- Business Report (ZAF)
15/09/2009
African copper miner Weatherly International agreed a deal worth 16.1 million pounds (R199 million) with a Chinese firm that will take a controlling 50.1 percent stake and will allow the firm to reopen shut mines, the firm said on Tuesday. 
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* China worried about damage to image as it invests in Africa- Daily Nation (KEN)
15/09/2009
Beijing is worried about culturally naive Chinese companies damaging its image in Africa, but thinks the perception that it is only after cheap oil and minerals is unfair, its ambassador to Pretoria said today. 
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* Striking construction workers call off industrial action- Ghana Web (GHN)

15/09/2009
Striking workers of China Geo Engineering Corporation, the Contractors working on the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital-Abuakwa dual carriageway, have called off their industrial action. 
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* Zim should learn from China: DPM Mutambara- Zimbabwe Guardian (ZBW)
14/09/2009
Prime Minister Arthur Mutambara has just completed a trip to the “Summer Davos” World Economic Forum meeting in Dalian, China where he held discussions with Chinese Prime Minister Wen Jiabo. Full Story.

* Standard Bank gets $1bn loan facility out of China- Business Report (ZAF)
14/09/2009
Standard Bank has won a $1 billion (R7.4bn) loan facility from four Chinese banks, which will be used to plug a lending gap which had threatened to scupper its bid to invest in Africa and Asia. Full Story.

* AU Commission chairman visits ancestral home in China- China View (CHN)
11/09/2009

Visiting African Union Commission Chairman Jean Ping Thursday concluded two-day visit to east China’s Zhejiang Province and left for business hub Shanghai. Full Story.

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