Weekly news

17/06/2010 to 22/06/2010

China-EU Rivalry in Africa Sharpens – American Chronicle (USA)
22/06/2010
China’s re-examination of its practices in Africa comes at a time when the EU is wrestling to clarify its own position towards China’s expansion on the continent.

Visit to China ‘Exceeded Expectations’ – Prime Minister – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
22/06/2010
Mozambican Prime Minister Aires Aly on Monday told reporters that his five day visit to China has surpassed expectations, and that he is convinced that the Chinese authorities will give all possible support to accelerate the development of Mozambique.

$50b Investment: China Plans For Nigeria’s Oil, Electricity – Daily Independent (NGA)
22/06/2010
China, the world second biggest oil consumer, has advanced discussions with Nigeria about China’s increasing investment in the West African country’s oil and power industries.

Chinese see growing market for vuvuzela – Business Report (ZAF)
22/06/2010
If those buzzing, honking vuvuzelas are marring your World Cup experience, do not expect sympathy from Chinese businesswoman Gua Lili. Gua’s Guangda Toy Factory in the eastern manufacturing hub of Yiwu has produced and shipped more than 1 million of the plastic trumpets, whose sound has been likened to a swarm of angry bees. Production is steaming ahead at up to 20 000 units a day.

East Africa needs joint anti-drug trafficking task-force – The Monitor (UGA)
22/06/2010
Prior to the Kiconco incident, a litany of illicit drug-related interceptions was reported at Entebbe International Airport. Moreover, a number of Ugandans are currently languishing in Chinese prisons on drug trafficking charges. Given China’s tough anti-trafficking laws, some of these Ugandans face life imprisonment or even death penalty.

Chinese tuition offers solutions for Africans – Xinhua
22/06/2010
One man’s meat is another man’s poison. While there are those quick to criticize China’s venture in to Africa for strong presence, Edward Kadozi views it as a golden opportunity for his country to benefit from the various facets of China’s development successes.

China and Africa: Who benefits? – BBC (GBR)
22/06/2010
As Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao embarks on a seven-nation tour to Africa, we’re asking: who is benefiting from the ever-growing diplomatic and economic ties between Africa and Asia’s giant?

When China met Africa – BBC (GBR)
21/06/2010
A historic gathering of over fifty African heads of state in Beijing reverberates in Zambia where the lives of three characters unfold… Through the intimate portrayal of these three characters, the expanding footprint of a rising global power is laid bare – pointing to a radically different future not just for Africa but also for the world.

China yet to approve Sasol coal-to-liquids scheme  – Reuters
21/06/2010
China’s Ningxia region hopes building work will start this year on a major coal-to-oil project designed by South Africa’s Sasol, but central government has yet to give the go-ahead, the region’s governor said.

China’s investment in Nigeria hits $7.24bn mark, Consul General – Vanguard (NGA)
21/06/2010
Mr Guo Kun, the Consul General, Consulate of the Peoples Republic of China, says China has invested $7.24 billion  (more than N1 trillion) in Nigeria. Kun disclosed in Lagos that some of the investments went into the Lekki Free Trade Zone. Besides, he said that the investment had helped to create more than 30, 000 jobs for Nigerians.

Chinese plan $12.5m white cement plant in Lindi – The East African (KEN)
21/06/2010
A Chinese firm will construct a $12.5 million cement factory in Lindi, south of Dar es Salaam, starting this September. With a capacity of 300,000 metric tonnes per annum, the factory is expected to strengthen Tanzania’s position as a cement supplier in East Africa.

Chinese Banks to Invest U.S.$165 Million – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
21/06/2010
Two Chinese banks announced in Beijing on Thursday that they are willing to finance three mega-projects in Mozambique totalling 165 million U.S. dollars. This was disclosed during a meeting with the Mozambican Prime-minister, who is on a five day official visit to China.

India’s complacency leads to Chinese takeover of huge Ethiopian rail project – Waltainfo (ETH)
21/06/2010
India has lost out to China in the race to build several Ethiopian railways, including the strategically important line to Djibouti that allows land-locked Ethiopia access to the sea. The struggle between the two countries for influence in Africa is really hotting up.

Chinese legislator meets Ethiopian parliamentary delegation – Waltainfo (ETH)
21/06/2010
Addis Ababa, June 21 (WIC) – China’s top legislator, Wu Bangguo, met Monday with a delegation from the Ethiopian House of Federation, pledging closer links between the two countries on the occasion of the 40th anniversary of diplomatic ties,  Xinhua reported.

Zambia: Mine accident leaves 22 miners seriously injured – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
21/06/2010
22 miners were seriously injured in an underground mine accident at the Chinese Coal Mine (CCM) in Sinazongwe in Southern Province on Sunday. And an unsuspecting Chinese Officer escaped lynching by an angry mob as he was assisting the injured miners access medical attention at Maamba Hospital.

World Cup in S.Africa but not African – Zimbabwe Guardian (ZWE)
19/06/2010
The central gadget of the tournament, the match ball itself, had no African input as it was wholly developed in China… Even the production of Zakumi, the official mascot… had been tendered off to a doll-making Chinese company until a last-minute reversal order from the authorities alleging sub-standard working conditions.

Sekondi High Court remands three Chinese Seamen – Ghanaweb (GHN)
18/06/2010
A Sekondi High Court on Friday remanded three Chinese Seamen who threw three stowaways into the sea, to assist the Police in the investigations of a case of attempted murder and murder. This follows an Ex-Parte motion filed by Madam Patience Klinogo, Chief State Attorney.

China emerging as key African trade partner, report shows – Engineering News (ZAF)
18/06/2010
The ‘Economic Development in Africa Report 2010′, which focused specifically on the theme of ‘South-South Cooperation: Africa and the New Forms of Development Partnership’, found that trade between China and Africa had risen nearly tenfold between 2000 and 2008.

Progress being made on Lagos urban rail project – Engineering News (ZAF)
18/06/2010
The sprawling city of Lagos, in Nigeria, should have its first urban rail system operational by 2013… The design-and-build tender for the project has been awarded to Chinese Civil Engineering Construction Company.

Kampala needs more hospitals – New Vision (UGA)
18/06/2010
Great is the news that two more public hospitals will be constructed in Kampala as one of the ways to decongest the existing ones.Already, a 100-bed hospital is being built in Naguru, with support from the Chinese government.

Chinese fall in love with Zimbabwe stone sculpture at Shanghai Expo – Xinhua (CHN)
18/06/2010
Apart from marketing various products, Zimbabwe has said it will take the Expo as an image building opportunity after years of negative publicity from the Western media.

Senior CPC official meets African delegation – Xinhua (CHN)
18/06/2010
Senior official of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Liu Yunshan on Friday met with an information delegation from Africa. The delegation consisted of 36 governmental press officers and media leaders from 19 African countries.

Grace School adds Chinese language to curricula – Guardian News (NGA)
17/06/2010
As  Grace School, Gbagada, Lagos, adds Chinese Language to its curricula, the school administrator,  Mrs. Tokunbo Edun, has urged parents not to rely solely on the school to teach their children indigenous languages… “This is the first time a Nigerian school is introducing Chinese language as part of its curricula. We want to be pacesetters as a school that is not just restricted to educating students for the Nigerian market but for the international market as well,” she said.

China and African oil: Hungry giant provides formidable tools for bargaining – Financial Times (GBR)
17/06/2010
Sub-Saharan Africa has woken up to its upstream oil and gas potential over the past decade – to find Chinese groups jostling for territory with the continent’s other big beasts.

New scramble deals a stronger hand – Financial Times (GBR)
17/06/2010
If there are more potential brides, there are also new suitors. They come from China and other rising Asian powers; they have deep pockets; and their advances have emboldened the countries they are courting.

Beijing in the line of fire – Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
06/2010
Chinese companies are caught in the political crossfire between (Algerian) president Abdelaziz Bouteflika and his opponents in the military and intelligence services led by General Mohammed ‘Tewfik’ Mediene.

Is what is good for Zijin good for Congo? – Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
06/2010
A storm is gathering over attempts by China’s Zijin Mining Group to buy Platmin Congo without prior approval from President Joseph Kabila’s government, despite generally good Beijing-Kinshasa relations.

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