Weekly news

16/06/2012 to 22/06/2012

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 France unperturbed by Kenya’s ties with China – Business Daily (KEN)

 Chinese investment: The money is welcome but more controls are needed – Financial Times (GBR)

 China to help IMF firm up crisis fund – News24 (ZAF)

 Illegal Chinese miners invade AngloGold concession in Ghana – Ghana Business News (GHN)

 What Africa can learn from China – Business Report (ZAF)

 China’s Media Dynasty in Africa  – Amb. David Shinn

Politics                                                                                                                 

China’s Engagement in Sudan – Amb. David Shinn
21/06/2012
The paper explores the main areas of China’s engagement in Sudan during the North-South Comprehensive Peace Agreement (CPA) between 2005 and 2011. It pays particular attention to the evolution of China’s relations with South Sudan.

When China Met Africa – Amb. David Shinn
21/06/2012
Marc and Nick Francis recently produced a documentary titled When China Met Africa that looks at China’s engagement in Zambia. It provides an authentic account at the grass roots level of China’s interaction with one African country.

China and Chad  – Amb. David Shinn
21/06/2012
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) recently published a paper titled China’s Growing Involvement in Chad: Escaping Enclosure? and a policy brief titled Refining Relations: Chad’s Growing Links with China.

Deconstructing China-in-Africa – McClatchy
20/06/2012
The People’s Republic of China’s unprecedented worldwide economic expansion in the years after its World Trade Organization accession created abundant opportunities for U.S.-China coordination, cooperation or collaboration on matters peripheral to bilateral relations, such as trilateral regional engagement outside the Asia-Pacific.

Senior CPC official meets Namibian delegation, pledges closer inter-party cooperation – FOCAC
20/06/2012
A senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) met with a Namibian delegation on Tuesday, pledging to boost inter-party exchanges between the two nations.

Chinese, Ethiopian leaders discuss cooperation – FOCAC
20/06/2012
Chinese President Hu Jintao met here Sunday with Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi to discuss expansion of all-round cooperation between China and Ethiopia.The two leaders met on the sidelines of a G20 summit, which will be held on Monday and Tuesday in the Mexican resort.

China-Africa contributing to global system – China Daily
19/06/2012
The Second Africa-China Young Leaders Forum opened in Beijing Monday with Jia Qinglin, chairman of the National Committee of the Chinese People’s Political Consultative Conference (CPPCC), calling on young leaders in Africa and China to take their responsibilities in the development of both countries.

Youth represents hope of China-Africa cooperation – Global Times (CHN)
19/06/2012
As the dynamics of the China-Africa friendship, Chinese and African youth should strengthen exchanges and learn from each other to promote common development, delegates to the second China-Africa Young Leaders Forum agreed.

‘China vital for Africa’s development’ – Daily Mail (ZAM)
19/06/2012
Patriotic Front (PF) secretary-general Wynter Kabimba says China is relevant to the development of Zambia and Africa as a whole.
Mr Kabimba said this yesterday in a telephone interview from the Chinese capital, Beijing, where he made a keynote speech at the China-Africa Young Leaders’ forum that opened yesterday and will close tomorrow.

Jia stresses ongoing China-Africa ties at forum – China.org (CHN)
19/06/2012
The Second China-Africa Young Leaders’ Forum opened on Monday morning at the Beijing International Convention Center. The forum took as its theme “China-Africa Cooperation and Youth Development”.

Jia: Consolidate Sino-African ties – China Daily (CHN)
18/06/2012
Young people from China and African countries should continue traditional sound ties and further boost Sino-African relations, said China’s top political adviser Jia Qinglin on June 18 at the Second Africa-China Young Leaders Forum.

France unperturbed by Kenya’s ties with China – Business Daily (KEN)
18/06/2012
The French ambassador to Kenya has said his country is not worried about Kenya’s growing relations with China.

Chinese president urges bigger say for developing nations in global economic governance – Xinhuanet.com (CHN)
18/06/2012
Chinese President Hu Jintao here on Sunday urged leaders of the Group of 20 (G20) members to give developing nations a bigger say in global economic governance.

Finance and Banking                                                                                           

Chinese investment: The money is welcome but more controls are needed – Financial Times 
19/06/2012
In southern Ethiopia, a giant wall of concrete is rising between the sides of a steep gorge. When complete, the Gibe III dam on the Omo river will be the highest in Africa. It will also be one of the most controversial.

China Leads Nations Boosting IMF’s Firewall to $456 Billion – Bloomberg
19/06/2012
Emerging-market nations including China and Brazil formalized funding pledges to the International Monetary Fund, helping to almost double its lending power to protect the world economy from Europe’s debt turmoil.

China’s Investment Should Promote Value Addition in Africa – CRI (CHN)
19/06/2012
China’s investment into Africa should promote value addition for job creation and sustainable economic cooperation between the two sides, the Zimbabwe National Chamber of Commerce said on Monday.

China to help IMF firm up crisis fund – News24 (ZAF)
18/06/2012
After searching for months for cash, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) looks able to firm up a huge emergency “firewall” fund for crisis prevention after China said on Sunday that big emerging economies would chip in.

Manufacturing                                                                                                      

Mideast, Africa could succeed China as major industrial hub – The Citizen (TZA)
16/06/2012
Exports from the Middle East and Africa (MEA) are poised to grow up 12 per cent in the next decade, as the region is on the way to succeed China as a key manufacturing hub for low cost goods, global consultancy Ernst and Young said in a report published Tuesday.

Mining and Metals                                                                                                

Illegal Chinese miners invade AngloGold concession in Ghana – Ghana Business News (GHN)
18/06/2012
Illegal Chinese miners have invaded the concession of AngloGold Ashanti at Kwanwireso, near Obuasi, and established perhaps the biggest galamsey “mine” in the Ashanti Region.

Oil and Energy                                                                                                     

China Outmaneuvers U.S. On African Oil – AtlantA Black Star
18/06/2012
Dr. Martyn Davies of Frontier Advisory, a leading research capital advisory firm that specializes in emerging markets said there is a growing dependency factor for African economies on China’s fixed asset investment spending, which will only increase for mineral exporting countries.

Telecommunications                                                                                            

‘SA must be China of Africa’ – IT Web (ZAF)
15/06/2012
Localised sectors of production and economic development in SA must be strengthened to ensure increased competitiveness and productivity.

Trade                                                                                                                    

What Africa can learn from China – Business Report (ZAF)
20/06/2012
South Africa is in the fortunate position of having front-row seats at the greatest show on earth – the rise of a new world power that not long ago had a small‚ insular economy.

Cape Verde: Chinese and Portuguese-speaking business forum promotes business opportunities – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
19/06/2012
The 8th Forum of Businesspeople for Cooperation between China and the Portuguese-speaking Countries that began Sunday on Sal Island is a unique opportunity to promote investment opportunities in Cape Verde, said the chief executive of Cabo Verde Investimentos.

What does China want in Africa? – The New Times (RWA)
18/06/2012
Recent stories about China’s growing interest in Africa are worth commenting on.  For China, Africa is a source of cheap coal and oil, two vitally important resources for its energy needs. As for African states, China is the ideal commercial partner that seldom slaps special political pre-conditions upon its readily available suppliers, and regularly gives the continent diplomatic backing.

Africa in China                                                                                                     

Business booms for Africans in China – DW (GER)
18/06/2012
There are more and more African business people moving to China. But although business may be flourishing, entrepreneurs often encounter red tape and racism. Toyin Lawal stands in the kitchen of her one-room flat in a brand new apartment complex some 30 kilometers away from China’s capital Beijing. She is cutting up small pieces of fish and throwing them into a pot of steaming red chili sauce.

Environment                                                                                                         

China offers climate change programs – China Daily (CHN)
21/06/2012
China will offer training programs on climate change to 1,000 officials and technicians from developing countries from 2012 to 2014, a Chinese official said here Thursday.

China shares anti-desertification knowledge with Africa – People’s Daily Online (CHN)
18/06/2012
Sunday saw the launch of a program under which Chinese experts will provide anti-desertification training to over 20 government officials from Africa.

Media                                                                                                                   

China’s Media Dynasty in Africa  – Amb. David Shinn
21/06/2012
The South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) published in June 2012 an analysis titled The Rise of China’s State-Led Media Dynasty in Africa. Written by Yu-Shan Wu, assistant researcher on the China in Africa Project at SAIIA, it emphasizes that China’s state-owned media are increasing their influence throughout the world as part of their soft power effort.

Society                                                                                                                 

Interpreting China’s Presence In Africa — Through Scripture – The Final Call
21/06/2012
Although I do not always mention it in business, I always have something of the Teachings of the Honorable Elijah Muhammad in my mind as I view current events.

Senior CPC official calls for closer cultural exchanges with Africa – FOCAC
20/06/2012
Li Changchun, a senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC), on Tuesday called for closer cultural exchanges between China and African countries.

Africans protest in China as man dies in police custody – Reuters Africa
19/06/2012
More than 100 Africans protested on Tuesday outside a police station in China’s southern Guangdong province after an African man died in police custody, state news agency Xinhua said, citing local authorities.

The Romanisation of African Leadership – Zim Eye (ZIM)
18/06/2012
I shall begin this article in AD 60 in Britain, which was not a nation state at the time, but just a group of native ‘tribesmen’. One of the famous tribes, whose name still echoes throughout history was the Inceni, who ruled as an independent tribe but through an allegiance with Rome.

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