Weekly news

15/12/2010 to 21/12/2010

 

Chinese naval operations in Gulf of Aden -The Official Blog Of Ambassador David H. Shinn
21/12/2010
In cooperation with other international naval forces, China has supported the Somali anti-piracy operation in the Gulf of Aden for the past two years.

Chinese classes begin at KIE -The New Times (RWA)
21/12/2010
Kigali Institute of Education (KIE) in partnership with Confucius Institute from China, on Wednesday officially launched Chinese Language and Cultural Teaching course at KIE.

Decade-old China-Africa Cooperation Forum yields abundant fruits -FOCAC (CHN)
21/12/2010
Jointly set up by China and Africa in October 2000, the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) has made abundant achievements in the last decade, boosting the development of the new type of China-Africa strategic partnership in an all-round and tangible way.

China’s top legislator meets Malawian counterpart -FOCAC (CHN)
21/12/2010
China’s top legislator, Wu Bangguo, met with his Malawian counterpart, Henry Chimunthu Banda, in Beijing Monday and called for the two nations’ parliaments to boost cooperation.

China gets in first in the investment queue -Business Day (ZAF)
20/12/2010
SOUTHERN Africa continues to strengthen its profile as an investment destination, attracting major inflows in the mining, agriculture, telecommunications and manufacturing sectors in the past year.

Premier proposes shooting film on Africa lamp project -Focus Taiwan (TWN)
20/12/2010
Republic of China Premier Wu Den-yih proposed Sunday that the many stories related to Taiwan’s decades-long aid to foreign countries could be adapted for film, including the “A Lamp Lighting Up Africa” program that the country is promoting in Burkina Faso.

Chinese group takes big stake in Wesizwe -Business Day (ZAF)
20/12/2010
WESIZWE Platinum has secured funding of 877m (R6bn) from a Chinese consortium that will take a big stake in the group. It has set up a new special-purpose vehicle to give empowerment investors 6% of the enlarged share issue.

China to fund vehicle assembly plant -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
20/12/2010
The Mozambican government and the Chinese company Tong Jian Investment Ltd signed an agreement in Maputo on Friday to set up a vehicle assembly plant in Maputo province.

AfDB and Export-Import Bank of China strengthen cooperation -African Development Bank
20/12/2010
The African Development Bank Group on Thursday, December 16, 2010 in Tunis received a delegation from the Export-Import Bank of China (Eximbank). The delegation, led by its Executive Vice President, Liu Liange, also comprised the General Manager, Legal Department, Li Jian, and Assistant President, Liu Yang.

China’s “Rogue Aid”: Japan Times – China in Africa: The Real Story
19/12/2010
The Wikileaked documents have spawned a number of stories on China and Africa. Here’s one from Japan Times that offers up some interesting insights, but that also gets a bit garbled.

Honda targets China sales of 730000 units in 2011 -Business Day (ZAF)
17/12/2010
Honda Motor Co said on Friday it would target sales in China of 730000 vehicles in 2011, for growth of more than 10% from the 650000 estimated for this year.

Chinese national remanded for murder -Ghana Web (GHN)
17/12/2010
A Tarkwa Circuit Court has remanded Chen Jing Juo, a 44 year old Chinese national for alleged murder.

40 Chinese illegal miners arrested -Ghana Web (GHN)
17/12/2010
The Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) has arrested 40 foreigners for illegally operating small scale mining business in the Central Region.

US embassy cables: China plays a strong hand on Sudan -The Guardian (GBR)
17/12/2010
Chinese officials urged caution on prosecution president Omar al-Bashir, insisting it would only serve to destabilise Sudan.

US embassy cables: China indifferent to Bashir’s prosecution -The Guardian (GBR)  
17/12/2010
ICC prosecutor outlines his strategy for bringing the Sudanese president to justice, but finds French and Chinese hurdles that need first to be overcome

Blair urges West to follow China development example -AFP (USA)
17/12/2010
Former prime minister Tony Blair said Thursday that China sets a good example for Western governments seeking to help Africa develop.

FDB revokes licence of two Chinese companies -Ghana Web (GHN)
16/12/2010
The management of Food and Drugs Board (FDB) on Thursday said it had revoked the registration licences of two Chinese companies for engaging in activities that were in contravention with the Food and Drugs Law.

China, India Reduce November Coal Purchases From South Africa -Bloomberg (USA)
16/12/2010
China and India imported less coal from South Africa in November as shipments from Richards Bay terminal declined from a record, said mjunction Services Ltd., a web-based trader.

China boosts industrial ambition -The Africa Report (FRA)
16/12/2010
The government is trying to harness Ghana’s hydrocarbons, particularly natural gas, to power a streamlined and integrated industrial base and thereby diversify the economy.

Sierra Leone: Information Minister Leads African Delegation in Beijing -FOCAC (CHN)
16/12/2010
Sierra Leone’s Minister of Information and Communication and Government Spokesman, Alhaji Ibrahim Ben Kargbo was on Wednesday 8th December, 2010 appointed Spokesman and leader of Africa’s delegation to the “Ministerial Workshop on Information Highway Construction for Developing Countries” organized by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology and the Ministry of Commerce of the People’s Republic of China.

Chinese Embassy in Botswana Hosts Seminar on Fighting Corruption and Economic Crime -FOCAC (CHN)
16/12/2010
The Chinese embassy and Anti-Corruption and Economic Crime Investigation Bureau of Botswana jointly hosted a seminar on December 8, 2010. More than 50 government officials, overseas Chinese, representatives of media and China-funded institutions in Botswana were invited.

Is China greening Africa? -Pambazuka News (KEN)
16/12/2010
Is China smartening up its environmental and social act in Africa? It certainly wants to be seen as doing just that. One telling example was the recent Chinese government-sponsored ‘top Chinese enterprises in Africa’ competition, won by China Road and Bridge Corporation [CRBC].

China’s Rush to Build Global Media Brands -China Talking Points
16/12/2010
Al Jazeera’s excellent international media affairs program “The Listening Post”featured a report this week on China’s ambitions to create a global media brand with this year’s launch of CNC World.

The Chinese in Africa: Profile of Yu Yuan -China Talking Points  
16/12/2010
This is an especially compelling video as it highlights a number of key themes related to the emergence of a large Chinese business class on the continent.  Specifically, it dispels the common misperception that the Chinese operating businesses across Africa are part of large multinationals when in fact there is a surge of small businesses that are having a tremendous impact on the local communities they operate within.

Ethiopian signs code share deal with Air China -Walta Info (ETH)
15/12/2010
The Ethiopian Airlines on Wednesday announced that it has entered into a code share agreement with Air China.

Chinese company signs agreement to expand airport in Ethiopia -Walta Info (ETH)
15/12/2010
The Ethiopian Airports Enterprise (EAE) has hired China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) Addis Engineering to expand the Addis Ababa Bole International Airport.

Cameroon takes $743 mln China loan for water project -Reuters
15/12/2010
Cameroon secured a 366 billion CFA franc loan from the Export-Import Bank of China to fund a water distribution project, the government said on Wednesday.

WikiLeaks: Namibia Allows Chinese Immigration to Repay Loans -VOA (USA)
15/12/2010
Published reports say Namibia has been defaulting on possibly billions of dollars in loans from China.  As a result, Namibia is reportedly allowing thousands of Chinese families to settle in the country.

China forgives $6 million of Sudan’s debt -Sudan Tribune (SDN)
15/12/2010
The government of Sudan today signed an agreement with China by which the latter would forgive 40 million Yuan ($6 million) of the debt owed to it by the East African nation.

Richard Dowden: The Pros & Cons of China in Africa -China Talking Points
15/12/2010
In a very interesting video blog posted on “Big Think,” the head of the Royal African Society in London, Richard Dowden, shares his views on the pros and cons of how the Chinese are engaging Africa

ECOWAS Railway line project to begin soon -Ghana Web (GHN)
14/12/2010
The Government has signed an agreement with a Chinese company for the construction of the proposed ECOWAS railway line and modernisation of the Eastern line.

2010 Report on China-Africa Economic and Trade Relations Released in Uganda -FOCAC (CHN)
14/12/2010
2010 Report on China-Africa Economic and Trade Relationswas released by the Chinese Embassy in Uganda on December 2. It reports that the China-Africa trade volume in 2010 is expected to reach or exceed the historical high in 2008 of 106.8 billion US dollars.

Chinese investors to put up tea factory in Tarime -IPP Media (TZN)
14/12/2010
More than 1,500 tea growers in Tarime district are expected to benefit from a tea processing plant to be built by Chinese investors in the district.

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