19/01/2013 to 25/01/2013

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 Chinese military analysts say China should not aid Mali, netizens disagree and call for China to be more forceful in protecting its interests – Chinafrica Project (CHN)

Very interesting article exploring whether, as Mali’s biggest trading partner, China should provide military support to the government in Mali. While China has not engaged in this type of operation in the recent past, it may begin toin order to protect its financial interests.

 New challenges arise as China-Africa ties deepen – Oxford Analytica

Interesting article summarising the China-Africa relationship in 2013 and the challenges faced going forward. 

 Benefitting from Chinese Investments – Business Day (NGA)

There seems to be a growing sentiment in Africa among pro-China commentators that while investment from China has been beneficial, the full potential of the China relationship is not being realised. African leaders need to push for more investment and support in critical value added growth areas such as manufacturing. As a condition of Chinese companies gaining sought after African mineral and hysdrocarbon assets, African leaders should be pressing the Chinese government for more Special Economic Zones and greater technology transfer and training. 

 Market flooded with imitated goods – Ghana Web (GHN)

Another frequent trend in the African media, especially in Ghana, is criticism of the dumping of poor quality Chinese goods on African markets, and the influx of Chinese market traders. 

 IGG cancels bidding for Pension Towers – Daily Monitor (UGA)

A large construction project in Kampala, Uganda has faced accusations of corruption in its bidding process. China Civil Engineering and Corporation, was awarded the contract despite its bid being Shs20 billion higher than that of another Chinese firm, China National Aero-Technology International Engineering. Western multinationals often complain of losing out to Chinese firms which they feel are more willing to engage in corrupt practices. 

 Chinese media expands Africa presence – AlJazeera

A new African weekly has been launched by the China Daily in Kenya. The Chinese government is investing considerable resources in expanding its media presence abroad in order to counter the Western media’s depiction of China as a rogue donor.

Politics                                                                                                                 

China’s influence in Africa – Khaleej Times (UAE)
25/01/2013
Go into the casino in Tanzania’s capital, Dar Es Salaam, and what strikes you? The overwhelming number of players is Chinese.  If the Chinese are not quite everywhere in Africa their numbers, their investments and their trade has mushroomed over the last 10 years.  If one compares Chinese and US investment in Tanzania, there is no contest, despite Tanzania being one of the US’s favourites.

Chinese military analysts say China should not aid Mali, netizens disagree and call for China to be more forceful in protecting its interests – Chinafrica Project (CHN)
23/01/2013
The current chaos in Mali has the potential to throw the whole Sahara region into chaos, which would undoubtedly have a negative influence on our country’s interests. It is important to recognize that China is Mali’s biggest trading partner.

S. African government to launch campaign to promote BRICS – FOCAC
22/01/2013
The South African government said on Tuesday that it will launch a campaign to promote BRICS among ordinary South Africans. The campaign will start in Limpopo province on Wednesday with road shows ahead of the next BRICS summit scheduled for March 26- 27 in Durban, said Harold Maloka, spokesperson for Minister in The Presidency for Performance Monitoring, Evaluation and Administration, Collins Chabane

The Third FOCAC-Legal Forum was Successfully Held in Mauritius – FOCAC
21/01/2013
From December 6 to 7, 2012, the third FOCAC-Legal Forum (hereinafter referred to as the Legal Forum) was held in Port Louis, Mauritius. On December 5, Mr. Kailash Purryag, President of Mauritius, Mr. Y. K. J. Yeung Sik Yuen, G.O.S.K. and Mr. Y. Varmarespectively met and held cordial and friendly talks with Chinese and African distinguished guests. Mr. Y. Varma also hosted a banquet for Chinese and African distinguished guests

China Wary, Africa Hopeful as Obama Begins Second Term – Voice of America (USA)
21/01/2013
China says it is “cautiously optimistic” about its relations with the United States as President Barack Obama begins his second term as the American leader.

New challenges arise as China-Africa ties deepen – Oxford Analytica
21/01/2013
After reaching a fairly high pitch in the 2000s, the China-in-Africa debate in strategic diplomacy, policy-making, investment and academic circles has now mellowed. African countries are increasingly shaping the contours of such debates.

Coopération Chine-Afrique : L’Europe inquiétée ? – Le Soleil (SGL)
20/01/2013
Longtemps exploités par les puissances occidentales qui ont encore un tant soit peu la main mise sur les économies de leurs ex-colonies, le pétrole et les autres matières énergétiques africains sont maintenant convoités par la Chine qui en a grandement besoin pour son développement.

Finance and Banking                                                                                           

Ernst & Young opens Beijing tax desk for China-Africa business – Ghana Business News (GHN)
23/01/2013
Ernst & Young has launched its Africa Global Tax Desk in Beijing, China to enhance business transaction between the continent and the Asian country. With Chinese investment in Africa increasing, the Africa Global Tax Desk will provide “Chinese companies with real time advice on investing in Africa”, says Ernst & Young.

Brazil and China: Different Paths to Riches in Africa – Huffington Post (USA)
22/01/2013
Several years ago, during a visit to Tanzania, I was struck by what I thought was a truly bizarre sight. Our bus was hurtling along a dirt path, choking on its own cocktail of dust and diesel fumes as we bounced around like pinballs trying not to asphyxiate.

New Report on China Development Bank – China in Africa: The Real Story
22/01/2013
Adina Matisoff has come up with another hard-hitting look at Chinese development bank’s overseas financing for Friends of the Earth and BankTrack: China Development Bank’s overseas investments: An assessment of environmental and social policies and practices.

Benefitting from Chinese Investments – Business Day (NGA)
21/01/2013
Policy Analysts contend that China’s “go out” strategy and principles of “non-interference” and “mutual benefit” are rhetoric.  They argue that African countries like Nigeria are not using their regional importance as China’s global relevance rises.

Manufacturing                                                                                                      

Market flooded with imitated goods – Ghana Web (GHN)
24/01/2013
The local market is currently being flooded with different kinds of imitated and substandard commodities, including textiles, beverages, mobile phones, detergents which are mostly imported into the country.

Mining and Metals                                                                                                

$650m Chinese loan for Wesizwe’s Bakubung platinum mine project – Mining Weekly (ZAF)
21/01/2013
The China Development Bank (CDB) had approved a $650-million loan for the development of the Bakubung platinum mine project in South Africa’s North West province, the Chinese-controlled JSE-listed Wesizwe Platinum confirmed on Monday.

SA grows iron ore exports to China – Business Report (ZAF)
21/01/2013
South Africa overtook India to become China’s third-biggest iron ore supplier in 2012, while Australia strengthened its dominant position as the major supplier to the world’s biggest iron ore consuming nation, data from customs showed on Monday.

Oil and Energy                                                                                                     

CNOOC set to start drilling later this year – Daily Monitor (UGA)
25/01/2013
China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC) Uganda Ltd is set to start its oil drilling activities in Hoima District later this year. The firm has presented its planned activities to the district authorities indicating their intentions to construct an access road in Kyangwali Sub-county, from Ikamiro Village, through the Albertine escarpment to Buhuka landing site.

Oil-rich coastlines lure fuel giants – Business Day (ZAF)
20/01/2013
EXXON Mobil, the world’s biggest listed oil and gas company which last month signed an agreement to start offshore exploration activities on the east coast of South Africa, is just one of the many major and sub-major energy companies that are increasing their footprint off the coast of the continent.

Telecommunications                                                                                            

Tencent makes move on Africa – TechCentral (ZAF)
24/01/2013
China’s Tencent, in which JSE-listed Internet and media group Naspers holds a 35% stake, appears to have designs on the African market and is preparing to ramp up focus on South Africa and Africa more broadly with its WeChat platform.

Tourism                                                                                                                

Chinese tourism to SA growing – IOL (ZAF)
24/01/2013
Tourism Minister Marthinus van Schalkwyk embarked on a media roadshow in Beijing on Wednesday to celebrate the growth in tourism from China to South Africa.

Transport and Infrastructure                                                                                 

Chinese Housing Project On Cards – FOCAC
24/01/2013
Harare City has partnered with Henan Guoji Industry and Development Company from China for the development of housing structures in the city. Authority was given to Mayor Muchadeyi Masunda and Town Clerk Dr Tendai Mahachi to structure the deal with the Chinese. The company has a strategic partnership with the China Import and Export Bank.

China’s concrete diplomacy – The Telegraph (GBR)
24/01/2013
On a trip down Khartoum’s Nile Avenue, the city’s main thoroughfare and home to a significant number of Sudan’s economic and political institutions, it is easy to see the Chinese presence. The street is full of buildings constructed using Chinese labour, giving a new look to the northern capital.

IGG cancels bidding for Pension Towers – Daily Monitor (UGA)
22/01/2013
The much-anticipated construction of the multi-billion second phase of the National Social Security Fund Pension Towers at Nakasero, Kampala, has come to a halt following allegations of corruption in the awarding of the contract to a Chinese firm.

Chinese firm disowns collapsed culvert, urges Tanroads to visit projects – IPP Media (TZA)
20/01/2013
A Chinese company says a culvert which collapsed in Singida was built by another contractor, saying the mishap stems from poor road projects inspection by regional managers of the Tanzania Roads Authority (Tanroads).

Africa in China                                                                                                     

Eastern Promise in Little Africa – The Global Mail (AUS)
25/01/2013
Hairdressers fuss over hair weaves, and the nattering sounds of French and broken English drift from the shops and restaurants filled with black faces. Men dressed in flowing robes stack cardboard boxes shambolically throughout markets and stores.

Defence                                                                                                                

Chinese military analysts say China should not aid Mali, netizens disagree and call for China to be more forceful in protecting its interests – Chinafrica Project (CHN)
23/01/2013
The current chaos in Mali has the potential to throw the whole Sahara region into chaos, which would undoubtedly have a negative influence on our country’s interests. It is important to recognize that China is Mali’s biggest trading partner.

Media                                                                                                                   

China’s first institute for African media research established at the Communication University of China – FOCAC
21/01/2013
This morning, China’s first institute for African media research – the Africa Communication Research Center – was declared open in the lecture hall of the New Library at the Communication University of China.

China makes voice heard above din – China Daily (CHN)
21/01/2013
As the main engine of global economic growth in the 21st century, China is making its presence felt throughout the world. Africa is no exception. China is Africa’s largest trading partner, with bilateral trade surging from $10 billion in 2000 to $200 billion in 2012.

Chinese media expands Africa presence – AlJazeera
24/01/2013
Fresh evidence of China’s growing media footprint in Africa rolled off printing presses for the first time in Kenya last month. Hitting news stands in Nairobi alongside the established likes of Daily Nation and the Standard was an African edition of China’s biggest English-language newspaper.

Society                                                                                                                 

“Magical Chinese Medicine” in Ghanaian patients’ eyes – FOCAC
24/01/2013
In almost every early morning, a group of Ghanaian patients are waiting outside the therapy room of the “New East Hospital” in downtown Accra, capital of Ghana, hoping for an early turn to see a Chinese doctor.

Chinese media condemn reports that fake Chinese medicines are being sold in Africa, evoking mixed responses from netizens – China-Africa Project
21/01/2013
Recently, the UK newspaper the Guardian reported that the reason why malaria can’t be eradicated in Africa is because of fake medicine. According to the report, one-third of all malaria medicine sold in Uganda and Tanzania is fake medicine or medicine that does not comply with the relevant quality standards, and most of these medicines come from China and India.

Chinese professor says fake malaria drugs being sold in Africa are African, not Chinese- Chinafrica Project (CHN)
20/01/2013
The China Africa Project recently conducted the following interview with Yuan Wu, a professor at the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences’ Institute of West Asian and African Studies, about recent reports that suggest that China-manufactured fake anti-malarial medicines are being exported to Africa.