15/11/2011 to 21/11/2011

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 Chinese firms: step up to fresh African challenges- Global Times (CHN)

 Tata Motors to set up plant in Kenya – On Cars (IND)

 China’s ZTE sets its smartphone sights on foreign markets – The Guardian (GBR)

 China now Africa’s largest trading partner – People’s Daily (CHN)

 Ghana snubs IMF over $3bn Chinese loan – Ghana Web (GHA)

 China urges LRA to cease violence – China Daily (CHN)

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Chinese firms: step up to fresh African challenges- Global Times (CHN)
21/11/11
In the last 50 years, Sino-African relations have transformed from one-way development assistance into multilateral trades and investments in broader areas. Today, the on-going international financial crisis has produced both opportunities and challenges for China and African countries in terms of closer investment cooperation.

China’s new clout in Africa worries US Congress – The East African (KEN)
20/11/11
Anxiety over China’s expanding role in sub-Saharan Africa is prompting the United States to reassess its own involvement and to consider new economic initiatives.

Addisu welcomes investment from Chinese firms – Walta Info (ETH)
19/11/11
Addisu Legesse, a former Ethiopian vice-premier, said Ethiopia, as it is keen to develop its economy, likes to see more Chinese companies investing in the African country in order to transfer their advanced technologies and impart knowledge.

East Africa bloc looks to China for funding – The Monitor (UGA)
19/11/11
According to Jiang Yaoping, by September this year, China had invested more than $570m in the EAC countries, involving areas in clothing, machinery, agriculture, roads and other facilities.

China hands over hospital to Ethiopia – Walta Info (ETH)
18/11/11
China on Wednesday handed over the Tirunesh-Beijing Ethio-China Friendship Hospital to Ethiopia in a ceremony held in the presence of Jiang Yaoping, vice-minister of commerce, in Akaki, around 25 km south of the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

Corporation, Chinese Company sign MoU for construction of Kesem sugar factory – Walta Info (ETH)
18/11/11
Ethiopian Sugar Corporation signed Thursday a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Complant, a Chinese Company, and Ethiopian Metal and Engineering Corporation for construction of Kesem Sugar Factory.

Chinese in Africa – Lagos City Photo blog (NGA)
18/11/11
More and more Chinese companies now send workers to Africa. I recently encountered these men doing construction on a site in Kogi state. They are building a third conveyor line for Dangote Cement’s Obajana plant, touted as the biggest factory in Africa. They were very eager to pose for photos and I hope that they are able to take home with them interesting experiences from my country.

China to lend Ethiopia US$100m – The Namibian (NAM)
18/11/11
China is set to loan Ethiopia US$100 million and donate a fleet of 90 vehicles to help the African state complete its water supply projects.

China’s ZTE sets its smartphone sights on foreign markets – The Guardian (GBR)
18/11/11
Chinese telecommunication company ZTE now looks to Africa and other emerging markets to grow smartphone sales.

China now Africa’s largest trading partner – People’s Daily (CHN)
18/11/11
China has become Africa’s largest trading partner, with bilateral trade growing 28 percent per year from 2001 to 2010, the Chinese Ministry of Commerce said on Nov. 16.

China signs first pact with EAC, mapping out working mechanism – People’s Daily (CHN)
18/11/11
Chinese government and the East African Community (EAC) signed a Framework Agreement on Economic and Trade Cooperation here on Thursday, establishing the working mechanism with the regional bloc, first of its kind in sub-Sahara region.

China says military action not final solution to Somali piracy – Xinhua (CHN)
18/11/11
A Chinese diplomat said here on Thursday that a fundamental settlement to the Somali piracy issue hinges on the country’s political stability, economic development and social tranquility.

China to lend Ethiopia 100 mln USD – Walta Info (ETH)
17/11/11
China is set to loan Ethiopia $100 million and donate a fleet of 90 vehicles to help the African state complete its water supply projects.

Mugabe seeks Chinese protection – The Nation (KEN)
17/11/11
Zimbabwe President Robert Mugabe has appealed to China and Russia to protect him from attacks by the United States and Europe.

Uganda set to approve $2.9bn Tullow Oil deal – New Vision (UGA)
17/11/11
Uganda is poised to give final approval to Tullow Oil’s $2.9bn sale of stakes in one of Africa’s most promising oil prospects to France’s Total and China’s Cnooc, spurring a project which a tax dispute and corruption allegations have long threatened to derail.

Angola prostitution ring targets poor, Chinese women – Global Times (CHN)
17/11/11
Eleven suspects who allegedly kidnapped Chinese women in Angola to be forced into prostitution were extradited to China on Sunday, the Ministry of Public Security said Wednesday.

Chinese women rescued from Angolan den of vice – People’s Daily (CHN)
17/11/11
Police from China and Angola have jointly busted a criminal gang that abducted Chinese women and forced them into prostitution in Angola, China’s Ministry of Public Security said on Wednesday.

Ethiopia, China sign agreement on trade, economic cooperation – Xinhua (CHN)
17/11/11
Ethiopia and China on Wednesday signed an agreement on trade and economic cooperation at the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development (MoFED) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

China’s Appetite for Wood Takes a Heavy Toll on Forests – Environment 360
17/11/11
More than half of the timber now shipped globally is destined for China. But unscrupulous Chinese companies are importing huge amounts of illegally harvested wood, prompting conservation groups to step up boycotts against rapacious timber interests.

Ethiopian PM meets with Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce – Xinhua (CHN)
16/11/11
Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi on Wednesday met and held discussions with Jiang Yaoping, visiting Chinese Vice Minister of Commerce, in Addis Ababa on economic cooperation between the two countries.

China, Sudan pledge to boost military ties – Xinhua (CHN)
16/11/11
China and Sudan on Wednesday pledged to strengthen military relations and deepen potential cooperation between military forces.

China urges Zimbabwe’s Mugabe to expand economic ties – Reuters
16/11/11
Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe won praise on Wednesday as a great African figure and “old friend” of Beijing, underscoring China’s commitment to boosting business ties to a leader shunned by Western governments.

China-Africa trade likely to hit new high in 2011 – China Daily (CHN)
16/11/11
The level of trade between China and Africa in 2011 is expected to set a new annual record, as the bilateral trade has already almost matched 2010, a commerce official said Wednesday.

What are the sources of Peking University’s “African Tele-Info”? – MqVu
16/11/11
About the e-mail newsletter put out by Peking University’s Centre for African Studies. As the centre is one of the main Africa research centres in China and — at least if we believe its director, Li Anshan, who graces each issue with a personal message — one of those with most frequent access to policy makers’ ears, it is interesting to see which foreign news items it reproduces, stamping them thus with an authoritative cachet for its mostly Chinese readership.

China, Zimbabwe pledge to seek practical cooperation – Xinhua (CHN)
16/11/11
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping on Wednesday pledged to develop stronger practical cooperation with Zimbabwe during a meeting with visiting Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe .

Ghana snubs IMF over $3bn Chinese loan – Ghana Web (GHA)
15/11/11
The President of Ghana, John Evans Atta Mills, intends to pull Ghana out of the International Monetary Fund in a final bid to end moves by the Christine Largarde-led funding agency to suffocate the US$3 billion loan the NDC government wants from the China Development Bank (CDB).

China urges LRA to cease violence – China Daily (CHN)
15/11/11
China condemned the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) for its attack on government forces and violation against civilians in affected countries in Central Africa, and urged it to stop all violence and hostilities, said a Chinese diplomat on Monday.

Know Where and How to Go Further – The New Times (RWA)
15/11/11
Remark by Chinese Ambassador H.E.Mr. Shu Zhan on the Reception for the 40th Anniversary of the Establishment of Diplomatic Relations between China and Rwanda.

Chinese women trafficked into Ghana for prostitution – City FM (GHA)
14/11/11
A lot of Chinese prostitutes are being trafficked to Ghana to service expatriate communities in the country, the Enslavement Protection Alliance West Africa (EPAWA) investigations reveal.

Is China’s Africa Safari Faltering? – The Diplomat
14/11/11
China’s willingness to invest in Africa’s has benefited the continent as well as itself. But if it doesn’t respond to growing mass political consciousness, it may all unravel.

Chinese delegation ends visit to Ghana – China Daily (CHN)
14/11/11
A Chinese delegation led by Zhou Tienong, Vice Chairman of the Standing Committee of the National People’s Congress of China, left here for Benin Sunday afternoon after concluding a three-day official visit to Ghana.

U.S. view of cooperation with China in Africa – Ambassador David Shinn’s blog
14/11/11
Following is the text of my remarks on advancing the diplomatic agenda with China in Africa. I made the remarks at a conference on Africa, the United States and China hosted by the Virginia Military Institute on 3-4 November, 2011.

Second roundtable conference boosts cooperation – Global Times (CHN)
14/11/11
China and Africa have shared a long history that has helped build a solid foundation for their friendship. For more than half a century, both sides have kept close political relations with frequent high-level visits and personnel exchanges, and have developed economic and trade relations rapidly with fruitful cooperation in various fields.

Tata Motors to set up plant in Kenya – On Cars (IND)
13/11/11
Tata Motors does a one-up on Chinese auto manufacturers by setting up a plant in Kenya.