Weekly news

20/07/2009 to 26/07/2009

The story of the week regards the Sudanese government’s solidarity with China over its reaction to Uighur protests in Xinjiang province. Despite best intentions, support over the violent crushing of the protests of a small ethnic minority could not really come from a worse country than Sudan. The support of a country whose leader has an ICC warrant issued for his arrest is hardly likely to provide any traction with critics.

All last week’s China Africa developments below: 

* Chinese investment in Africa creates new opportunities- China Trade Information (CHN)
26/07/2009
Last week, the founder of the consultancy group Beijing Axis touched on a phenomenon occurring in South Africa that is being replicated across the African continent. 
Full Story.

* Chinese companies doing well despite global credit crunch- Ghana Web (GHN)
26/07/2009
Mr Dai Shu, Vice-President of ZTE Shanghai, manufacturers of telecommunication equipment, has explained that the success of Chinese companies in the face of the world financial crisis was due to the strong support of the government and financial institutions. 
Full Story.

* Sudan reaffirms support to China over Uighur unrest- Sudan Tribune (SDN)
25/07/2009
Sudan has reaffirmed its support to the Chinese government in the handling of July 5 riots by members of Xinjiang’s Uighur minority. 
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* China spurs Kumba’s rise in exports- Business Day (ZAF)
24/07/2009
Kumba Iron Ore grew exports 30% to 17,1-million tons in the six months to last month compared with last year despite weak demand from traditional customers as it diverted volumes to China. 
Full Story.

* China holds rainwater harvesting courses for African, Central Asian countries- Walta Information (ETH)
23/07/2009
A total of 43 experts and government officials from Africa and central Asia are attending a six-week training program on rainwater storage in northwest China’s Gansu Province. 
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* Government invests in nationwide broadband infrastructure- Ghana Web (GHN)

22/07/2009

Government has awarded a 150-million-dollar contract to Huawei Technologies, a Chinese-based ICT and telecommunication infrastructure company, to provide modern infrastructure to ensure internet broadband availability countrywide within the next 24 month. Full Story.


* China and Zambia seal US$ 3.5 billion investment deal- Lusaka Times (ZAM)
22/07/2009
Government has signed a US$3.6 billion investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (IPPA) with a Chinese private mining company. 
Full Story.


* China to Issue Visas to Illegal Nigerian Immigrants- This Day (NGA)
22/07/2009
Chinese government had agreed to issue exit visas to Nigerians resident in China illegally, to enable them leave the country without molestation, the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports. 
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Chinese company wants greater area for wood exploration in Inhambane, Mozambique- Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
22/07/2009
Chines company Oriental Overseas Mozambique may be granted a concession for forestry exploration in the Mozambican coastal province of Inhambane, Macauhub has learned from the provincial directorate for forests and wildlife. 
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* Let’s go beyond lowest-bidder policy with Chinese contracts- Daily Nation (KEN)
21/07/2009
I don’t suffer from xenophobia, the mind set which defines the growing resentment by Western interests to the increasingly dominant presence which Chinese companies have assumed in infrastructural projects in Africa. 
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* Chinese peacekeeping engineers succeed in drilling well in Darfur- China Wire (CHN)
20/07/2009
Tian Bihai, deputy chief of staff of the Water Supply Regiment of the Beijing Military Area Command (MAC) that was shouldering the water source searching task in Darfur, Sudan, sent a transoceanic message to the reporter on the afternoon of July 19: “We have already successfully drilled 4 standard water supply wells and is now drilling the 5th one.” 
Full Story.

* Tanzanian youths expect trip to China to witness economic progress- China Wire (CHN)

19/07/2009

“I expect my trip to China and see the lovely people there and many many magnificent things, including the Great Wall and the Forbidden City among others, ” the 24-year-old Sophia told Xinhua on Saturday evening. Full Story.

 

* FG suspends $8b rail contract with Chinese firm- Guardian (NGA)
20/07/2009
For alleged non-compliance with due process, the Federal Government has suspended the $8 billion rail contract awarded to a Chinese firm by former President Olusegun Obasanjo. Full Story.

* Chinese companies agree oil field stake- Walta Information (ETH)
20/07/2009
CNOOC and Sinopec have agreed to buy a 20 per cent stake in a subsea oil field off Angola for $1.3bn from Marathon of the US, as China continues to pursue its sometimes chequered efforts to buy up overseas energy and mining assets. Full Story.

* China firm in Namibia bribe claim- BBC (GBR)
20/07/2009
Namibia is investigating allegations of bribery over a government contract with a Chinese state-owned firm that has links to President Hu Jintao’s son. Full Story.

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