21/04/2012 to 27/04/2012

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 China non-committal on financing South Sudan pipeline as Kiir cuts short his visit – Sudan Tribune (SDN)

 China ‘shocked’ over Guinea-Bissau coup: spokesman – FOCAC

 In Southern China, A Thriving African Neighborhood – NPR

 Are the Chinese the Worst? A Comparative ILO Study in Zambia – China-Africa Real Story

 S.Africa’s IDC says in loan talks with China – Reuters Africa

 China Railway ready to contribute more to Guinea development – FOCAC

Politics                                                                                                                 

China non-committal on financing South Sudan pipeline as Kiir cuts short his visit – Sudan Tribune (SDN)
25/04/12
The South Sudanese president Salva Kiir unexpectedly cut short his five-day visit to China as the latter showed reluctance to give green light for Juba’s request that Beijing finance an alternative oil pipeline.

China morning round-up: Hu’s South Sudan plea – BBC News (GBR)
25/02/12
Wednesday’s national newspapers focus on talks between Chinese President Hu Jintao and his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir.

China Presses Oil-Rich Sudans to Cooperate – Wall Street Journal (USA)
24/04/12
China, hosting the president of South Sudan, pressed the East African nation and neighboring Sudan to exercise restraint, as fighting on their disputed oil-rich border continued.

France 24 on Chinese Diplomacy in the Two Sudans – Amb. David Shinn
24/04/12
France 24 asked me to comment for the article. I noted that China has played an important role in Sudan for many years and has worked hard since the Comprehensive Peace Agreement to improve relations with South Sudan. It wants, however, to work behind the scene to help avert an all out war between Khartoum and Juba.

South Sudan’s Kiir seeks China’s help – Business Live (ZAF)
24/04/12
The president of South Sudan is in China seeking support for an oil pipeline meant to lessen his country’s dependence on Sudan as a bomb attack by the northern neighbor threatened to trigger an all-out war.

China ‘shocked’ over Guinea-Bissau coup: spokesman – FOCAC
24/04/12
China is “shocked” over the military coup in Guinea-Bissau, Foreign Ministry spokesman Liu Weimin said here Friday. Liu told a regular briefing that China “was worried about the impact” brought by the coup on the west African country’s political and security situation.

Kenya: China Playing Role of a Great Power – All Africa
22/04/12
A nation’s power is measured in many ways. In terms of geography, population, economy and resources, China is inherently a great power.

Economics                                                                                                            

Are the Chinese the Worst? A Comparative ILO Study in Zambia – China-Africa Real Story
26/04/12
In all the heat over the Human Rights Watch study of a Chinese mining company in Zambia, I may have missed discussions of a 2010 study by the ILO (authored by Chrispin Radoka Matenga) that actually compared companies in Zambia’s copper belt: “The Impact of the Global Financial and Economic Crisis on Job Losses and Conditions of Work in the Mining Sector in Zambia.”

China and Africa: A Century of Engagement – Chine-Afrique
24/04/12
The People’s Republic of China once limited its involvement in African affairs to building an occasional railroad or port, supporting African liberation movements, and loudly proclaiming socialist solidarity with the downtrodden of the continent. Now Chinese diplomats and Chinese companies, both state-owned and private, along with an influx of Chinese workers, have spread throughout Africa.

China extends economic assistance to Zimbabwe – FOCAC
24/04/12
The Chinese government on Thursday signed with the Zimbabwean government several economic and technological cooperation agreements worth 1.141 billion RMB yuan (180 million U.S. dollars).

Africa: China’s Economy Good for Global Development – FOCAC
21/04/12
China, the middle income country is currently the second largest economy in the world holding the biggest percentage of foreign exchange reserves than any other country.

Business                                                                                                               

Chinese, Turkish companies seek business opportunities in Tunisia – China Daily (CHN)
26/04/12
A major Chinese railway company is seeking business opportunities in Tunisia, notably under the framework of a cooperation deal with a Turkish partner, the head of the company said on Wednesday.

In Southern China, A Thriving African Neighborhood – NPR
26/04/12
In the southern Chinese city of Guangzhou, thousands of African immigrants, many of them small-scale clothing traders from Nigeria, have come seeking business opportunities. One of the Nigerian traders, who goes by his “designer name” of Niceguy, is shown here in the city’s Little Africa neighborhood.

An African Trader And The Perils Of Business In China – 90.9 WBUR (USA)
26/04/12
It’s dinnertime at a bustling Kentucky Fried Chicken in the Little Africa neighborhood of Guangzhou, in southern China. Chinese schoolgirls nibble on fries, a grandmother feeds her grandson, and Kelvin Njubigbo stares at a single wing on his tray. His foot, wrapped in a gauze bandage, juts out from the table.

Chinese companies bring jobs to Africa – China Daily (CHN)
22/04/12
A major Chinese shoe manufacturer, Hua Jian, started a factory in Ethiopia just a few months ago, with a plan to invest $2 billion and create 100,000 local jobs over the next decade.

A Study of Chinese Traders in South Africa, Lesotho, Botswana, Zambia and Angola – Chine-Afrique
22/04/12
The ‘China in Africa’ story brims with ambivalence and ambiguity. Nowhere is this more evident than on the African street. The influx of Chinese products and the proliferation of small Chinese enterprises are affecting ways of life in African towns and cities, but exactly how and to what extent is hotly contested.

Finance and Banking

Ghana’s oppositon targets Chinese loan – Financial Times (GBR)
26/04/12
Ghana would renegotiate a $3bn Chinese loan if the opposition New Patriotic party were to win what is expected to be a closely fought presidential election this year in one of Africa’s fastest-growing economies

China to provide 19.3 million USD of aid to Egypt – FOCAC
24/04/12
China will provide an aid worth 19. 3 million U.S. dollars to Egypt in a support of the latter’s economic projects, according to two agreements signed here on Thursday.

S.Africa’s IDC says in loan talks with China – Reuters Africa
20/02/12
April 20 (Reuters) – South Africa’s Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) is in talks with China for a loan to invest in sectors such as infrastructure development and health, chief executive Geoffrey Qhena said on Friday.

Ghana seeks $6 bln China loan drawdown for social projects – Stabroek News (GUY)
20/04/12
Ghana said yesterday that the $6 billion it is seeking from the Export-Import Bank of China through an existing $13 billion Chinese credit facility would fund new transport, education and health projects in the West African state.

Oil and Energy

China urges Sudan, South Sudan to protect interests of Chinese oil companies – FOCAC
24/04/12
China urged Sudan and South Sudan on Monday to protect the rights and interests of Chinese oil companies that have established projects in the two countries.

Mining and Metals

African Iron Ore Group inks MoU with China Machinery Engg Corp – Steelgugu 
25/04/12
African Iron Ore Group Limited announces it has signed a memorandum of understanding with China Machinery Engineering Corporation.C MEC is China’s leading power plant infrastructure exporter with extensive expertise in the design and construction of power generation and distribution infrastructure facilities and capabilities.

Telecommunications

Are We Getting China-Africa Media Relations Wrong? – Huffington Post (USA)
24/04/12
Among the increasing number of countries filtering the Internet, China has stood out in its efforts to articulate a doctrine to validate this practice.

Transport and Infrastructure

China Railway ready to contribute more to Guinea development – FOCAC
24/04/12
China Railway International says it is ready to contribute more to Guinea’s development after launching a project in June. The director of China Railway International, Mao Mao, expressed desire to build railways in the West African country in talks with Guinean President Alpha Conde on Friday.

SA’s travel and trade links with China flourishing – Business Live (ZAF)
23 April 2012
Recent trends followed by Bidvest Bank point towards continuing growth in travel and trade links between SA and China.

Investment

“When China Met Africa”—Understanding China′s Role in Africa Beyond Cynicism – Africa.com
25/04/12
“When I sit with investors from the Western world, they do a PowerPoint presentation about projections, cash flows… income statements, balance sheets, risk assessment, and all this is flamboyant,” states the Zambian minister of trade, commerce, and industry Felix Mutati, sitting in his office in Lusaka.

Zimbabwe: 170 Chinese Investors for ZITF – FOCAC
21/04/12
A 170-member delegation of Chinese businesspeople will be visiting Zimbabwe next week to explore trade and investment opportunities and attend the Zimbabwe International Trade Fair in Bulawayo. Secretary for Economic Planning and Investment Promotion Dr Desire Sibanda said apart from participating at the ZITF, the delegation would also attend the Zimbabwe-China Investment Conference to be held on April 26.

Trade

China plays big at Zimbabwe’s International trade expo – NewsTime Africa
23/04/12
Just like journalist Aaaron Wee writes that China’s foreign policy will soon resemble that of the United States a century ago- that of aggression in economic and political dominance in the world, those signs are already there for all to see in Africa, Zimbabwe in particular.

Health                                                                                                                   

China’s Health Aid in Africa: Same Old Problems – China-Africa Real Story
25/04/12
When I wrote my first book on Chinese aid to Africa in 1998, I documented how problems with language and local capacity led to difficulties in technology transfer with material goods — although skill transfers (“learning by doing”) was more successful.

Media                                                                                                                   

Africa’s Free Press Problem: Is China Causing It? – China-Africa Real Story
23/04/12
On April 15, 2012, the New York Times published an op-ed by Mohamed Keita on Africa’s free press problem, arguing that press freedom was getting worse in Africa — because of China.