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17/01/2012 to 23/01/2012

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 China’s Foreign Aid: The Economist still doesn’t get it – Deborah Brautigam’s blog

 The world in their hands – The Economist

 China Reiterates Call for Restraint Between North and South On Oil Dispute – Sudan Tribune (SUD)

 South Sudan to build crude pipe thru E Africa – Reuters

 What do Africans Think About China? – Deborah Brautigam’s blog

 Euro crisis ‘has little effect’ on Chinese interest in SA – Business Day (ZAF)

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The year of the dragon, again – Africa-Asia Confidential
January Vol5 No3
China’s trade with Africa has overtaken the USA’s trade with the continent and will soon rival that of the European Union

How the IMF helps Chinese companies – Africa-Asia Confidential
January Vol5 No3
Beijing’s cooperation with the International Monetary Fund often goes unnoticed. China has been quietly working with the IMF to pressure African governments to remove fuel subsidies

Chinese Give N$500 000 Annually to Unam – The Namibian (NAM)
23/1/12
East China Mineral Exploration and Development Bureau (ECE), with whom founding President Sam Nujoma reportedly has close ties, annually donates N$500 000 to the University of Namibia (Unam).

Drugs – 1,000 Citizens Detained in China Prisons, Says Youths Minister – This Day (NGA)
23/1/12
Minister of Youths Development, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, at the weekend, said there were about 1,000 Nigerian youths detained in various prisons in China for drug-related offences.

Local Teachers Hail Sino-Country Relations – The Herald (ZBW)
23/1/12
Local teachers who visited China last week have hailed the Sino-Zimbabwe relations, saying the two countries stand to benefit a lot from each other.

China’s Foreign Aid: The Economist still doesn’t get it – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
23/1/12
The Economist still doesn’t get it on China’s foreign aid. They merrily mix apples and lychees in a new special report on state capitalism, writing:

Nujoma Honorary Advisor, Not ‘Consultant’ – The Namibian (NAM)
23/1/12
Founding President Sam Nujoma is an ‘honorary advisor’ to East China Mineral Exploration and Development Bureau (ECE).

The world in their hands – The Economist
21/1/12
It is fitting that China’s national symbol should be an animal that spends 16 hours a day eating bamboo. China is an energy panda that is obsessed by the question of where its next mouthful of bamboo will come from. The Chinese elite sees the world in terms of brutal competition for limited resources.

China Reiterates Call for Restraint Between North and South On Oil Dispute – Sudan Tribune (SUD)
21/1/12
The Chinese government on Saturday again called on the governments of Sudan and South Sudan to exercise restraint following Juba’s decision to suspend oil production in retaliation to Khartoum’s confiscation of part of the crude as a payment in kind.

South Sudan to build crude pipe thru E Africa – Reuters
21/1/12/
South Sudan is planning to construct an oil refinery and a crude oil export pipeline through East Africa with the help of international oil companies operating in its fields, China’s state-run Xinhua news agency reported on Saturday.

China and Soft Power in Sub-Saharan Africa – Ambassador David Shinn’s blog
21/1/12
JoAnne Wagner, a career Foreign Service Officer now serving as the State Department’s Deputy Director for Pakistan, published an article titled “Going Out”: Is China’s Skillful Use of Soft Power in Sub-Saharan Africa a Threat to U.S. Interests? It appeared in the 1st quarter 2012 edition of Joint Forces Quarterly.

SA needs an education lesson from the Chinese – MoneyWeb (ZAF)
20/1/12/
One of the ANC government’s biggest embarrassments is its abject failure to provide a high quality education to prepare young citizens for an economically productive adult life.  Now it has strengthened ties with China, South Africa would surely do well to follow many of its big brother’s examples on the educational front.

Chinese Television Interested in Opening Delegations in Angola – Angola Press (AGO)
20/1/12
The Chinese Central Television (CCTV) indicated Angola has one of the African countries where it intends to open delegations this year, said Wednesday, a source from the Chinese state-owned station.

Funfair As Festivities to Mark Sino-Rwanda Relations End – New Times (RWA)
20/1/12
It was a colourful display of art and music, on Wednesday evening, as the Chinese community in Rwanda welcomed the Chinese New Year.

Oil Price Row Closes China-Built Refinery – RNW (NED)
20/1/12
Chad authorities on Thursday shut down a major new oil refinery amid a price row with its Chinese owners, sources said.

What do Africans Think About China? – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
20/1/12
Today I spoke with a reporter from Al Jazeera who asked me, as many do, what “Africans” think about “China”. It’s always hard to even begin to give an answer to a broad question like that. I tried to break down “Africans” and “China” into subcategories.

China not the only threat to democracy – Polity (ZAF)
20/1/12
During the last quarter of 2011, I spent a lot of time thinking about the connection between the global economic crisis and democracy. In December, I was part of a discussion during which an American warned that developing countries such as South Africa should be wary of China. He argued that China is a hegemon and that its narrow political and economic interests are the centre of its universe. Well, he did not put it this well, but I am certain you get my drift.

China’s Huawei deploys new network for Nigeria’s Zodafone – IT News Africa
19/1/12
Chinese telecom provider Huawei has announced that it will deploy a new mobile network for Nigeria’s Zodafone with a new TDD (time-division duplexing) variant of LTE. The move is aimed at boosting telecom operations in Abuja and surrounding areas of the capital.

China’s Aid Spurs Growth, but Traders Feel Cheated – The Observer (UGA)
19/1/12
To widen the tax base, the Ugandan government urgently needs to partner with donors and take more proactive steps to support revenue-raising activities like agriculture, energy and infrastructure or even the private sector so that in the long term, aid dependency is minimized.

Mecanagro Gets U.S.$40 Million Project – Angola Press (AGO)
19/1/12
Mecanagro EP has an initial project of USD 40 million approved by Eximbank of China, said on Friday in Luanda, the chairman of the Board of Directors of the company, Carlos Alberto Pinto.

Does Mswati Need China More Than Taiwan? – Business Daily (KEN)
19/1/12
Did King Mswati III of Swaziland host the (in) famous reed dance last year? You may not be very sure.

China, Ukraine Arming Africa – Strategy Page
19/1/12
Sub-Saharan Africa is rather poor, with not a lot to spend on equipping its armed forces. Two nations have come to dominate arms sales to Africa, by recognizing what the customers there want, and what they can afford. Some 25 percent of arms sales to Sub-Saharan Africa come from China, with another 20 percent from Ukraine.

Euro crisis ‘has little effect’ on Chinese interest in SA – Business Day (ZAF)
18/1/12
Worsening of the global economic climate, caused in part by European debt crisis, could affect M&A but is not likely to stop Chinese activity

Debunking the myth of China exploiting Africa again! – Hidden Harmonied China blog
18/1/12
I have watched this debate much earlier but caught up in too many things to bring it to your attention. In order to go further it is advisable to watch an earlier talk given by professor Deborah Brautigam earlier on the same subject.

China Investment ‘Picking Up Pace’- South Africa Info
18/1/12
The scale and pace of investment by Chinese companies across the African continent is picking up, with South African financial services group Standard Bank alone responsible for advising Chinese companies on recent deals worth more than R10-billion.

President Museveni Endorses Stadium Plans for Akii Bua – New Vision (UGA)
18/1/12
The renovation of the Akii Bua stadium will cost $124m, a soft loan from the Chinese Government.

Printers Cry Foul – Financial Gazette (ZBW)
18/1/12
Zimbabwe’s printing industry players have criticised government for failing to protect the industry from unfair competition from Chinese and South African firms as it emerged that most printing jobs were being done offshore.

Country Urged to Look East – New Era (NAM)
18/1/12
With the West battling the worst economic crisis in decades, China has seized the opportunity to urge Namibia to look East for her own economic wellbeing and growth.

Making Sense of China’s Development Finance and Aid – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
18/1/12
Below is a short article of mine published on Christmas Day when a lot of people were actively reading online, no doubt. It is about Chinese Development Finance in Africa.

Quality Cooperation – Beijing Review (CHN)
18/1/12
China-Africa relations based on common development and mutual benefit gain new momentum

US View of China-Africa Relations – Ambassador David Shinn’s blog
17/1/12
The January 2012 issue no. 30 of Outre-Terre is a 440-page special edition in French devoted to China-Africa relations. It is edited by Michel Korinman and Thierry Pairault and contains forty-seven contributions by a wide variety of authors from around the world, including one by me.

Fake malaria drugs “put millions in Africa at risk”: study – Global Post
17/1/12
Fake antimalarial drugs are putting millions of lives in Africa at risk from malaria, one of the continent’s biggest killers, scientists have warned.

Africa and China: Will Africa be affected by the slowdown in China’s economic growth? – LSE (GRB)
17/1/12
As China’s economic growth continues to slow down, should Africa be worried?

Lagos – China and the Light Rail Project – Daily Trust (NGA)
16/1/12
The Chinese are in Lagos and many other parts of Nigeria, involved in business, as well as in construction.

Africa and China: At a crossroads in Angola – LSE (GRB)
16/1/12
As we continue our series looking at the future of Sino-Africa relations, LSE’s Ana Cristina Alves gives us the view from Angola.

Chinese President to Inaugurate New African Union Headquarters – VoA
15/1/12
Chinese President Hu Jintao is expected to visit Addis Ababa this month to inaugurate a new African Union headquarters financed by China and built largely with Chinese labor.  The project was launched when Moammar Gadhafi was maneuvering to move Africa’s diplomatic capital to Libya.

World Bank and UNDP endorse Chinese special economic zones as model for African poverty alleviation – MqVu
15/1/12
The International Poverty Reduction Centre of China (IPRCC) and the UN Development Programme (UNDP) co-organised a seminar called “China’s SEZs and Poverty Reduction” in  Shenzhen on 9 January.

Living In Between: The Chinese in South Africa – Migration Information
January 2012
While there is a long history of limited migration from China to Africa, the past decade has brought tens of thousands of Chinese to African cities, towns, and rural areas. These migrants are part of the growing political, economic, and sociocultural ties between China — now the world’s second largest economy — and the poorest and most underdeveloped continent.

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