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16/05/2011 to 22/05/2011

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China Sonangol still hungry -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
21/05/2011
China Sonangol and its subsidiaries continue to make Angolan acquisitions. In February, China Sonangol won three deep-water pre-salt oil (equity) concessions in Blocks 19, 20 and 38, adding to its existing shares in Blocks 3, 31 and 32.

Give without counting -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
21/05/2011
The Chinese government is slowly changing its aid reporting statistics so that its programmes can be compared to those of other donors

Making room for friends -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
21/05/2011
London-listed Madagascar Oil’s battles with the Malagasy government are heating up. The two sides are now heading for international arbitration. The dispute arose when the Haute Autorité de la Transition (HAT) government began looking for oil and mining properties to award to the Madagascar Development Corporation, its joint-venture holding company with the China International Fund (CIF) and China Sonangol.

Trucks, triads and subs -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
21/05/2011
Few believe the official explanation that 87-year-old President Robert Mugabe’s frequent visits to Singapore are to monitor his February cataract operation or that he is being the doting husband to his injured wife, Grace. Equally few believe that the simultaneous visit by Defence Forces chief General Constantine Chiwengwa to Beijing was purely for an emergency medical check-up of ‘the sort we all periodically undergo’, in the words of Defence Minister Emmerson Mnangagwa.

Government, China sign cooperation pact -The New Times (RWA)
21/05/2011
An agreement on economic and technical cooperation between Rwanda and the Government of the People’s Republic of China was signed at the Foreign Affairs Ministry yesterday afternoon.

Rwandans train in agriculture techniques -The New Times (RWA)
21/05/2011
A group of 48 Rwandans were trained in agricultural techniques as one way of bridging the knowledge gap and increase efficiency and production in the agriculture sector.
The two week training covered different areas of agriculture including mushroom growing, soil erosion prevention, upland rice and sericulture.

China, Namibia Confer on Advancing Inter-parliamentary Cooperation -People’s Daily (CHN)
21/05/2011
China and Namibia conferred on how to advance cooperation between the two parliaments here on Friday and the two sides agreed to step up efforts to push forward the cooperation to a higher level.

The Chinese in Africa: The Economist Gets Some Things Right, Some Wrong -China in Africa: The Real Story
20/05/2011
The Economist’s April 20, 2011, report on China and Africa (with the catchy subtitle “Africans are asking whether China is making their lunch or eating it”) gets a lot of things right, but some big things wrong. As I noted in an earlier post, it is also prone to exaggeration.

CHINA 3, NAMIBIA 1 – CHINA IS A CACTUS IN NAMIBIA -The Namibian (NAM)
20/05/2011
AT Independence, our foreign policy, driven by understandable ideological impulses in favour of the South, managed to skilfully integrate meaningful and constructive engagement with the North.

Tunisian Foreign Minister to Visit China -FOCAC (CHN)
20/05/2011
At the invitation of Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi, Foreign Minister Mouldi Keti of Tunisian National Unity Government will pay an official visit to China from May 19 to May 21.

China-SADC investment forum held in South Africa -FOCAC (CHN)
20/05/2011
China, South Africa’s leading trade partner which has been in the past focusing its investment interests in the country’s mining and manufacturing sectors will soon “diversify” to other economic sectors and industries promoting job creation in South Africa, the Chinese investment body revealed Thursday.

Top Chinese legislator arrives in Namibia to enhance parliamentary cooperation -FOCAC (CHN)
20/05/2011
China’s top legislator Wu Bangguo arrives in Namibia on Thursday afternoon with an aim to step up cooperation between the two parliaments.

China to Fund Agricultural Centre in Boane -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
20/05/2011
China is to donate 185,000 US dollars to the Umbeluzi Centre for Research and Technology Transfer (CITAU), in Boane district, about 40 kilometres west of Maputo province.

Chinese Christians find support in Africa -ENInews  
20/05/2011
Anglican clergy in East Africa have expressed hope for an improved relationship between church and state in China, after a delegation from China’s Ministry of State Administration of Religious Affairs (SARA) visited Kenya and Uganda.

SA may lose out in Africa -Business Report (ZAF)

20/05/2011
Public enterprises Minister Malusi Gigaba said SA should work with Chinese and Indian investors expanding into Africa or risk losing out on opportunities on the continent, the Business Day reported on Friday.

Chinese investors to meet Aurora -Business Report (ZAF)
19/05/2011
Chinese investors would visit South Africa next week to meet with the management of Aurora Empowerment Systems in a bid to finalise a funding deal to the tune of $100 million (R698m), the local mining company said yesterday.

China-Africa Business Opportunities to be Explored at Energex Africa’s Business Opportunity Sessions -Engineering News (ZAF)
19/05/2011
Attached please find a press release on: Two high-level, free Briefing Sessions exploring Business opportunities between Chinese and African companies in the energy sector will take place at Energex Africa on 7 and 8 June at Gallagher Convention Centre, Midrand.

Museveni hails Chinese on Africa -New Vision (UGA)
19/05/2011
President Yoweri Museveni has hailed the Chinese people under the leadership of Mao tse Tung for their contribution to Africa’s independence struggle.

Nyakahita-Kamwenge road construction starts -New Vision (UGA)
18/05/2011
THE upgrading of the Nyakahita-Kamwenge road to tarmack has started. The sh301b project was commissioned last week by the works and transport ministers.

Chinese tourists seek a new place in the sun -FOCAC (CHN)
18/05/2011
The Pacific Islands and African countries are looking to claim a share of China’s lucrative tourism market, after the 2010 Shanghai Expo opened a window of opportunity for them.

Top Chinese legislator leaves for Africa, Maldives -FOCAC (CHN)
18/05/2011
China’s top legislator, Wu Bangguo, left Beijing Wednesday for official goodwill visits to Namibia, Angola, South Africa and the Maldives.

Turmoil in Africa Tests Chinese Companies while West Worries about Losing Monopolized Interests -FOCAC (CHN)
18/05/2011
“The recent turmoil in Libya and other North African countries led to a hasty evacuation by many Chinese companies. In reality though, their losses were fairly minor as a majority of Chinese companies there were only working on contract projects. Had these projects been funded by the companies themselves, it would have been nearly impossible to quickly withdraw all their investments without losses.”

Chinese Envoy Commends Nation’s Education System -All Africa
18/05/2011
The Chinese Ambassador to Zimbabwe Mr Xin Shunkang has commended the local education system saying it offers a strong foundation for future development.

Chinese Sudanese Ministerial Committee Meets On July -All Africa
18/05/2011
International Cooperation Minister, Dr Galal Yusuf Al Digair discussed here, Wednesday, with Chinese Ambassador joint cooperation and promotion of mutual ties.

Mozambique And China Sign Sports Agreement -All Africa
17/05/2011
Mozambique and China signed on Monday, in Maputo, a memorandum of understanding whereby they will take joint measures to facilitate cooperation and exchange of experiences, and the technical training of Mozambican sports leaders.

Chinese national dies on the spot in Kabompo -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
17/05/2011
A 26 year old Chinese national died instantlty after being hit by a truck belonging to the his employer, China New Era Road Construction Company, in Kabompo yesterday.

China-Africa youth forum to strengthen ties -The Namibian (NAM)
17/05/2011
ENSURING that the China-Africa relationship benefits all parties involved as well as developing a common African youth position on China-Africa relations, are the two main outcomes expected from the upcoming Africa-China Young Leaders Forum.

China funds regional trade road -The Namibian (NAM)
17/05/2011
A state-owned Chinese bank will lend Zambia US$180 million to upgrade a road that should help boost trade with Africa’s Great Lakes countries, an official said yesterday.

Chinese madams charged for brothel -News 24 (ZAF)
17/05/2011
Two Chinese women who allegedly ran a brothel in Goodwood, and lured young women from China to South Africa, are to go on trial in the Parow Regional Court.

Chinese consortium to up its stake in Gold One -Business Day (ZAF)
16/05/2011
A Chinese consortium, which holds nearly 18% of junior miner Gold One intends upping its stake to between 65% and 75% in a deal worth at least R1.1bn.

Neighbour busts abalone dealers -News 24 (ZAF)
16/05/2011
Two Chinese nationals were arrested on Sunday in a R4.7m abalone bust in Parow, Cape Town, Western Cape police said.

US Newsweek Interview with Mr. Lu Shaye, Director-General of Department of African Affairs -FOCAC (CHN)
16/05/2011
Mr Lu Shaye, Director-General of Department of African Affairs, received an interview by Melinda Liu, director of US Newsweek in China

Review of Chinese book on Chinese (in Africa) -Exporting China’s Development to the World  
16/05/2011
The book review section of People’s Daily Online posted a review of a book entitled The Wonderful Chinese People. The review is subtitled “Are the Chinese all over the African continent?”

More support for Chinese agricultural investment abroad -Exporting China’s Development to the World
15/05/2011
Last year, I speculated about signals from the Chinese government that it might be shifting its focus towards supporting investment in manufacturing and agriculture overseas, and away from mining and oil. With the new “Notice on gooddoing the work of funding applications for the Foreign Economic and Technical Cooperation Programme in 2011″, jointly issued by the ministries of finance and economy, greater support for agricultural investment is now official, but not at the expense of mining.

Limpopo, Chinese in energy talks -News 24 (ZAF)
15/05/2011
The Limpopo government is negotiating with a Chinese company to explore using green energy sources in the province.

Are the Chinese in Zambia misunderstood? -Zambian Economist
15/05/2011
Barry Sautman (Hong Kong academic) reckons that Chinese mining companies in Zambia do not deserve their negative reputation as their operations are no better or worse than Western companies.

Hope we don’t end up with roads that ‘fit our pockets’ -The Standard (KEN)
12/05/2011
The Chinese always get a bad rap for the substandard goods imported into the country by businesspeople out to make a killing. A few years ago, one Chinese embassy official even went on the defensive, saying that they made goods to fit everybody’s pockets.

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