Weekly news

18/08/2010 to 24/08/2010

Adventure in Beijing – The Standard (KEN)
24/08/2010
After nearly getting deported at the airport, getting lost at midnight in Beijing and finding himself with loads of fake currencies, Larry Madowo offers an insight into Beijing.

China, South Africa upgrade relations to “comprehensive strategic partnership” – Xinhua (CHN)
24/08/2010
China and South Africa on Tuesday announced a “comprehensive strategic partnership” as South African President Jacob Zuma made his first state visit to China.

China-South Africa Business Forum opens in Beijing – Xinhua (CHN)
24/08/2010
Photo gallery from Xinhua.

Out of China and into Africa – China Daily (CHN)
24/08/2010
Fifty kilometers away from Zambia’s capital city Lusaka, halfway to a little mountain, stands a Chinese pine tree on an infinite stretch of subtropical grassland, overlooking a boundless farm. This is where Li Li, 48, frequently comes after work, to the shade of the tree where her husband is buried. A former professor at China Agricultural University, Li’s husband, Wang Chi, gave up the opportunity of being a visiting scholar to the United States in the late 1980s and joined a Beijing-based agricultural company looking for a farming specialist to work in Africa

South Africa’s President Zuma on China trade mission – BBC (GBR)
24/08/2010
South African President Jacob Zuma has flown into China for a three-day visit aimed at strengthening business ties. Mr Zuma is expected to sign a series of trade agreements with his country’s largest trading partner.

China Railway eyes $30 bln S.Africa rail – Reuters Africa (USA)
China Railway Group is in talks with South Africa’s government to build a $30 billion high-speed rail network… The talks are at an early stage and no funding is in place, although the company has signed an agreement with South Africa’s Standard Bank, Li Changjin said at an investor forum in Beijing.

China, Uganda partnership steady – Daily Monitor (UGA)
24/08/2010
Interview with the Ugandan Ambassador to China, Mr. Madibo Charles Wagidoso.

China a key partner for growth – Zuma  – Business Report (ZAF)
24/08/2010
China was one of South Africa’s key strategic partners in its quest for economic growth and job creation, President Jacob Zuma said during a state visit on Tuesday.

South Africa looks to boost investment from China – Business Day (ZAF)
24/08/2010
South African President Jacob Zuma called on Tuesday for greater investment in his country from China, as South Africa seeks to narrow its trade deficit with Beijing and bring growth to its sluggish economy.

Wesizwe up on news of R91m China funds – Business Day (ZAF)
24/08/2010
Wesizwe shares rose strongly yesterday after it said the Bank of China had provided R91m in interim funding for its platinum mining project, while a R6,6bn deal with a Chinese consortium draws to an end.

Zuma visits China to strengthen trade ties – Business Day (ZAF)
24/08/2010
PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma arrived in China yesterday for a state visit, the Department of International Relations and Co-operation said.

Uganda on show at World Expo in the Far East – Daily Monitor (UGA)
23/08/2010
Thousands of miles away in Asia, a huge pavilion stands tall to showcase Ugandan culture, identity and tradition at the ongoing World Expo in Shanghai, China.

Sasol “looking forward” to China plant review – Business Day (ZAF)
23/08/2010
Sasol expects the outcome of the review application of its joint venture with the Shenhua Ningxia Coal Group to conclude on Tuesday in China.

Shanghai business delegation interested in establishing investment bank in Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
23/08/2010
A group of Chinese entrepreneurs from Shanghai currently visiting Mozambique has expressed interest in opening an investment bank to fund major projects, an official source told Macauhub in Maputo.

Shanghai entrepreneurs indicate readiness to invest US$5 billion in Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
23/08/2010
A group of Chinese businessmen visiting Maputo since last Thursday have expressed interest in investing up to US$5 billion in Mozambique, an official source told Macauhub in Maputo.

Kenyans mustn’t assume that every Asian they see is another Jackie Chan – Daily Nation (KEN)
23/08/2010
These notions about East Asians are all very funny in an annoying sort of way, but they’re also a serious matter. Kenya’s ties to East Asia are becoming stronger. Chinese companies are paving a new Thika Road.

The Real Cost of Chinese Railway Construction in Nigeria – Deborah Brautigam’s Blog (USA)
23/08/2010
For several years, stories about China Civil Engineering and Construction Corp (CCECC)’s $8.3 billion Lagos-Kano railway modernization contract have circulated in Nigeria and in the international press.

African scholars to debate the new Africa-China partnership – Daily Nation (KEN)
22/08/2010
African scholars interested in the growing relations between their continent and China will have a chance to debate this important topic at a meeting scheduled for March 28 to 30, 2011 in Nairobi.

Chinese Prisoners Rumor Redux: South China Morning Post – Deborah Brautigam’s Blog (USA)
21/08/2010
What more could promoters of the “China threat” idea add to the litany of charges that have grown stale over a decade? One claim is that China sends convicts to labour in developing countries. We have been to 10 African countries to research China-Africa links. Rumours of Chinese convicts circulate in each one.

China fights counterfeits in Uganda – Daily Monitor (UGA)
21/08/2010
The Chinese government has pledged to punish its nationals who collude with Ugandan companies to bring substandard goods, Uganda’s ambassador to the Asian country, Charles Wagidoso, has said.

Direct Flights to Link Maputo And Shanghai – AIM (MOZ)
21/08/2010
As from next year the Mozambican capital Maputo and the Chinese city Shanghai will be linked by direct flights, an initiative that is hoped to boost and accelerate trade between the two countries.

Chinese FM pledges further ties with Togo – Xinhua (CHN)
20/08/2010
Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi met Friday with Togo President Faure Gnassingbe in Shanghai and vowed to bolster trade and economic cooperation with the West African state.

Two abducted Chinese rescued in southwest Nigeria – Xinhua (CHN)
20/08/2010
Two Chinese workers abducted in southwest Nigeria’s Ogun state on Thursday evening were successfully rescued by police, an official of the Chinese Consulate in Lagos said on Friday.

Uganda to reap big from World Expo in China – Daily Monitor (UGA)
20/08/2010
Uganda stands to reap big from its participation in the ongoing 2010 World Expo taking place in the Chinese city of Shanghai by showcasing its vast potential in tourism to the global market, a Uganda official has said.

China must recognize referendum result to retain oil assets – south Sudan’s minister – Sudan Tribune (SDN)
20/08/2010
The only way for China to retain its millions-worth of oil assets in Sudan is to cultivate a “strong” relationship with the semi-autonomous region of south Sudan and recognize the outcome of a referendum due in January 2011 on the region’s possible independence.

China would continue to deepen relations with Ghana – Ambassador – Ghana Web (GHN)
20/08/2010
Mr Gong Jianzong, Ambassador of The People’s Republic of China, on Thursday reiterated his country’s commitment to deepen diplomatic relations with Ghana, established more than fifty years ago, for the benefit of their people.

Chinese lessons from New Zealand – Business Day (ZAF)
20/08/2010
TRADE and Industry Minister Rob Davies recently said SA would not enter into a free trade agreement with China because SA would not be able to compete with that nation’s economies of scale. The much-publicised destruction of South African jobs in the textile industry lends credence his conclusion, until one considers the strategic success of an island nation with an economy even smaller than ours, New Zealand.

Rwandan students off to China – The New Times (RWA)
20/08/2010
The government of China yesterday saw off another batch of Rwandan students who will be going to China for further studies. 66 students have, so far, left for studies in China this year. The scholarships are among the various education programmes between the Rwandan government and the government of China.

Chinese ambassador hails cultural exchange with Tanzania – Xinhua (CHN)
19/08/2010
China and Tanzania enjoys deep and traditional friendship with richer and richer cultural exchanges between the two countries, a senior Chinese diplomat said here on Thursday.

China to send delegation to Uganda on oil – Daily Monitor (UGA)
19/08/2010
China is sending a high-level delegation to Uganda next month to explore possibilities of building the much-needed oil refinery in the country.

Steve Davis and Jonathan Woetzel : Looking afresh at China’s role in Africa – Business Day (ZAF)
19/08/2010
THE debate over China’s role in Africa continues to rage. One side contends that China is a rapacious neocolonial oppressor, while the other sees it as a miraculous alternative to decades of failed western aid.

China supports Northern Ghana rural electrification – Ghana Web (GHN)
19/08/2010
China has supported Ghana’s Energy Commission with $300 million grant to extend electricity to rural communities in Upper West, Upper East and Northern Regions.

China, DBSA to fund $430m Zambia power project – Engineering News (ZAF)
19/08/2010
A Chinese bank and the Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) will lend state-owned power utility Zesco $430-million to raise the capacity of a hydropower station by 360 MW, a minister said on Thursday.

Africa unlikely to follow China’s goose – Wall Street Journal (USA)
18/08/2010
Can Chinese investment inject some Asian-tiger-like vigor into African economies? That’s certainly the hope of many – including World Bank President Robert Zoellick, who has urged Chinese companies to expand beyond infrastructure and resource-extraction projects and also invest in manufacturing in Africa.

Chinese company awarded tender for natural gas project in Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
18/08/2010
The Daqing Oilfield Drilling Engineering Company, a subsidiary of PetroChina, has been awarded the tender to carry out drilling in Mozambique, the newspaper of holding company China National Petroleum Corporation (CNPC) reported Tuesday.

Rift Valley Fever fear halts wool exports to China – Business Day (ZAF)
18/08/2010
SA STANDS to lose R933m in exports after the government yesterday surprised wool industry players when it halted raw wool and mohair exports to China, saying it could not guarantee they were from areas free of Rift Valley Fever.

Kabarebe, Chinese envoy discuss military cooperation – The New Times (RWA)
18/08/2010
The Minister of Defence Gen. James Kabarebe, yesterday, met the Chinese Ambassador to Rwanda, Sun Shuzhong. The Ambassador revealed that the two parties discussed military cooperation adding that the forces of the two countries maintain good levels of cooperation in terms of training and logistics.

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