16/08/2011 to 22/08/2011

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  Alarm blows over $3bn Chinese loan -Ghana Web (GHA)

 Chinese traders big `threat` to EA -IPP Media (TZN)

 China probes its Africa model -China Dialogue (GBR)

 Chinese company to build 10,000 houses in Mozambique -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)

 Studying in China is affordable -New Vision (UGA)

 China signs to finance massive hydroelectric dam in Guinea -Esi Africa (ZAF)

 

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Another charity under public scrutiny -China Daily (CHN)
19/08/2011
Chinese netizens have begun to raise doubts about the financing and managementof the China-Africa Project Hope, which aims to establish 1,000 primary schools in Africa in 10years.

Alarm blows over $3bn Chinese loan -Ghana Web (GHA)
19/08/2011
Policy think tank, Danquah Institute has raised alarm over “a strange and dangerous” manner in which the Mills-Mahama led National Democratic Congress is trying to secure a $3 bn Chinese loan facility to finance a number of projects

Chinese traders big `threat` to EA -IPP Media (TZN)
19/08/2011
The increasing number of Chinese in East Africa’s major capital cities engaged in small businesses is viewed as posing a new threat to the implementation of common market protocol among East Africa Community partner states.

Chinese Minister calls on Kagame -The New Times (RWA)
19/08/2011
China’s deputy Minister for Commerce, Gao Hucheng, yesterday paid a courtesy call on President Paul Kagame at Village Urugwiro and discussed the current trade and bilateral relations between the two countries and how they can be improved

Gov’t, China to sign new dev’t agreements -The New Times (RWA)
19/08/2011
The government will on Thursday sign six economic and technical cooperation agreements with the People’s Republic of China

West’s criticism of China operations in Africa unwarranted -Xinhua (CHN)
19/08/2011
The West’s criticism of China’s operations in Africa is unjustified and a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of the Chinese in the eyes of Africans, a senior Zanu-PF official has said.

Chinese Firm Eyes Gas Export from Calub through Berbera -Somaliland Press (SOM)
19/08/2011
The Ethiopian government decided last week to award the nation’s promising energy prospects down in the Ogaden Basin to a Hong Kong based company, following the departure of the Carigali Overseas Operation last year.

China Gives $15.7 Million to Rwanda to Boost Economic Development, Trade -Bloomberg (USA)
18/08/2011
China’s government will give Rwanda 100 million yuan ($15.7 million) in grants and loans to encourage economic development and trade with China, Vice Commerce Minister Gao Hucheng said.

Japanese finding China firmly entrenched in Africa -Asashi (JPN)
18/08/2011
Ask Shin Unzai, who heads the Middle East and Africa team in charge of market research for sub-Saharan Africa at the trading company Marubeni Corp., about the chances of doing business on the African continent, and he’ll give you a blunt and honest answer.
“China is not a party with which we can compete,” Unzai said.

West’s criticism of China operations in Africa unwarranted -Xinhua (CHN)
18/08/2011
The West’s criticism of China’s operations in Africa is unjustified and a deliberate attempt to tarnish the image of the Chinese in the eyes of Africans, a senior Zanu-PF official has said.

China-Zambia economic cooperation yields rich fruit -Xinhua (CHN)
18/07/2011
China-Zambia economic cooperation, by the means of investment, trade and assistance, has made abundant achievements over the past years, a Zambian official said.

China probes its Africa model -China Dialogue (GBR)
18/08/2011
As the public turns its attention to Chinese investments in Africa’s fossil fuels, mining and dams, some have noticed parallels with environmental and social problems at home.

Why Are We So Critical of China in Africa? -China in Africa: The Real Story
18/08/2011
The German newspaper De Zeit has published an op-ed that I co-wrote. We make three points challenging the conventional wisdom about the size of China’s aid flows, the alleged links between Chinese aid and natural resource investments, and the impact of Chinese aid on governance and human rights.

China’s iron ore ventures in west Africa -Business Report (ZAF)
18/08/2011

China, the world’s largest consumer of iron ore, aims to develop and control resources, especially in west Africa, to gain a foothold on supply and tackle the hegemony of three iron ore suppliers – Rio Tinto , BHP Billiton and Vale.

Chinese Investment in Nigeria -John Campbell: Africa in Transition
18/08/2011
Given that Nigeria has the second largest economy in Africa and that its population of almost 160 million includes one out of every four or five sub-Saharan Africans, the Chinese presence is relatively anemic.

China in Africa: deepening the debate -China Dialogue (GBR)
17/08/2011
Sam Geall introduces a series of articles that seek to enhance our understanding of environment and development in Africa – and China’s increasingly controversial role on the continent.

The Queensway Syndicate and the Africa Trade -China Digital Times
17/08/2011
The Economist investigates the China International Fund, a shadowy Hong Kong-based syndicate accused of a range of misdeeds. These include corruption, profiteering with African natural resources while breaking the terms of license agreements, fuelling conflicts, interfering with elections, illegally trafficking diamonds and even, less plausibly, of being a secret arm of the Chinese government.

Customs Arrest Chinese, Other for Illegal Export -Daily Trust (NGA)
17/08/2011
The Federal Operations Unit Zone ‘A’ of the Nigeria Customs Service has arrested two persons,for allegedly attempting to export a container load of scrap metal through the Lagos Port Complex in Apapa.

Studying in China is affordable -New Vision (UGA)
17/08/2011
Ugandan students who would wish to study science and business courses from Ugandan universities but fail to get admitted should not despair.

Survey faults Chinese firms -New Vision (UGA)
17/08/2011
Chinese firms operating in Uganda have been faulted for lacking knowledge on labour laws and operating without licences.

Chinese company to build 10,000 houses in Mozambique -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
17/08/2011
The Mozambican government’s Housing Promotion Fund (FFH) on Sunday signed in Zhengzhou, capital of the Chinese province of Henan, an agreement with the building company “Henan Gou Ji” for financing and construction of 10,000 houses in Mozambique.

China Reaffirms Support to Country -The Herald (ZWE)
17/08/2011
China will continue supporting developing countries such as Zimbabwe by pursuing non interference policies and open strategy for mutual benefit.

Chinese Couple-Fraud Case Opens as Interpreter is Found -The Herals (ZWE)
17/08/2011
The trial of a couple and a businessman accused of swindling a furniture company of shares worth US$500 000 continued yesterday after the Supreme Court dismissed their application to have their case treated as a civil matter.

Chinese to help fund Ghana’s oil drive -ESI Africa (ZAF)
17/08/2011
The government of Ghana is to borrow US$800 million from the state-owned China Development Bank to develop its natural gas infrastructure, and the first gas could be expected by the end of 2012 or early 2013.

More Mistakes by The Economist: “Charity Begins Abroad” -China in Africa: The Real Story
16/08/2011
The Economist has a new feature on aid from developing countries (August 13th, 2011): “Charity Begins Abroad: Big Developing Countries are Shaking Up the World of Aid.”

China pledges further support for food securityin Africa -China Daily (CHN)
16/08/2011
China will exert its utmost efforts to help African states to improve their foodsecurity, a senior Chinese diplomat said here on Tuesday.

China Africa Cotton Moçambique to invest in cotton sector -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
16/08/2011
China Africa Cotton Moçambique plans, over the next three years to invest US$22 million on its programme to boost production and process cotton in the central Mozambican province of Sofala, Rádio Moçambique reported.

President Armando Guebuza invites Chinese businesspeople to invest in Mozambique -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
16/08/2011
The President of Mozambique made use of his official visit to China to invite Chinese businesspeople to invest in Mozambique in sectors as diverse as agriculture, agri-industry and tourism, according to state daily newspaper Notícias.

China gives Ethiopia $55 m in aid -China Daily (CHN)
16/08/2011
$55.28 million aimed at providing food to drought-striken areas

China gives Ethiopia 500 mln USD -Walta Info (ETH)
16/08/2011
China has lent Ethiopia 500 million US dollars that will be used to fund various development projects in the Horn of Africa country.

Chinese investors keen to engage in cotton, textile industry in Ethiopia -Walta Info (ETH)
16/08/2011
Chinese investors have expressed desire to engage in cotton development and textile industry in Ethiopia.

A Caution on China -This Day (NGA)
16/08/2011
It has become fashionable to welcome the rise and incursion of China into the African market as an unmitigated blessing.

Tanzania to spend $742 mln for emergency power, seeks loan from China -Reuters
15/08/2011
Tanzania plans to spend 1.2 trillion Tanzanian shillings ($741.89 million) by the end of next year for emergency power projects aimed at ending chronic energy shortages in east Africa’s second-largest economy.

IIPM Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri on ‘Chinese Investments in Africa, a Lesson for the World!’ -SBWire (IND)
15/08/2011
There is no other nation which is showing the way better than the Chinese are, by investing in Africa and helping it develop – no doubt with their own long run gains in mind. A look at the way they are going about it has huge lessons for Western nations as well as countries like India.

Most Chinese Firms in Local Deal in Wholesale And Retail Trade -The Monitor (UGA)
15/08/2011
Majority of Chinese enterprises operating in Uganda are engaged in wholesale and retail trade, a survey has revealed.

China signs to finance massive hydroelectric dam in Guinea -Esi Africa (ZAF)
15/08/2011
The Government of Guinea and the China International Water & Electric Corporation have signed an agreement for the construction of a US$526 million hydroelectric dam in the West African country.

Mobius: What the China Sponsored Boom in Africa Means For Investors -CNBC (USA)
15/08/2011
Africa, once called the lost continent, is beginning to demonstrate its potential. While the continent’s detractors point to poverty, corruption, AIDS and armed conflict, I am encouraged by another side of Africa that is gradually emerging: the development of capital markets, consumerism and technology.

Elephant and rhino poaching ‘is driven by China’s economic boom’ -The Guardian (GBR)
14/08/2011
The ivory trade has doubled in Guangzhou and Fuzhou, a study has found, adding to fears for Africa’s elephant and rhino populations

Cattle Corridor, Chinese Firm in Water Project Partnership -The Monitor (UGA)
14/08/2011
Eleven districts in Ankole-Masaka cattle corridor are in negotiations with China Heavy Machinery Corporation (CHMC) to provide technical expertise and funds for a proposed farming water project.

Somaliland, Ethiopia and China to Sign Trilateral Deals -Somaliland Press (SOM)
14/08/2011
Somaliland President Ahmed M. Silanyo arrived in the Chinese capital on Friday for bilateral talks likely to yield dozens of deals, statement said.

Ten Chinese nationals arrested at brothel -News24 (ZAF)
13/08/2011
Ten Chinese women who are in the country on work permits, were arrested for allegedly being sex workers at a brothel in Bedfordview, Johannesburg

Lom Pangar River – Chinese Company to Construct Dam -Cameroon Tribune (CMR)
13/08/2011
The Electricity Development Corporation (EDC) has signed a FCFA 75 billion contract authorising a Chinese company to construct a damn on the Lom Pangar River in the East Region.

Chinese group Kingho to fund construction of port and railway in Mozambique -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
13/08/2011
The China Kingho group is set to fund construction of a port in Mozambique’s Sofala province and a railway line between Moatize and the port of Beira, the chairman of the Chinese group, Huo Qinghua said Thursday in Beijing.

A Swan Song in Sudan and Libya for China’s “Non-Interference” Principle -China Brief (USA)
12/08/2011
Observers of politics in the Arab world and the broader Middle East continue to scrutinize China’s place in the region.

Chery to open Kenyan plant -China Business News
12/08/2011
Chery Automobile Co Ltd is to become the second Chinese vehicle maker to build an assembly plant in Kenya.