Weekly news

21/07/2010 to 27/07/2010

Zambian president meets Chinese state councilor on bilateral relations – Xinhua (CHN)
27/07/2010
Zambian President Rupiah Banda on Monday met with visiting Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, discussing ways to strengthen Zambia-China cooperative relations and further develop friendship between the two countries.

Unfair to say China’s aid leads to Africa’s corruption, huge debts: Zambian FM – Forum on China Africa Cooperation (CHN)
27/07/2010
Zambian Foreign Minister Kabinga Pande has slashed a recent media accusation that China’s aid to Africa leads to the continent’s government corruption and huge debts, saying it is ungrounded.

Beijing gazumps New Delhi – Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
27/07/2010
China’s state companies advance billion-dollar oil and banking deals (in Nigeria) while India’s plans are now on hold.

Experts set to unravel puzzle of a Chinese ship that sank near Lamu – Daily Nation (KEN) 
26/07/2010
The long-awaited work to unravel the history of a Chinese vessel that sank in Kenyan waters more than 600 years ago is set to begin with the arrival of Chinese archaeologists. For the Guardian (GBR) and BBC (GBR) versions of the story click 
here and here.

More Chinese Investors Want Business in Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
26/07/2010
A group Chinese business people expressed on Thursday their interest in investing in Mozambique, and in strengthening economic relations between the two countries.

AU says must replace Western partners with China – Engineering News (ZAF)
26/07/2010
The African Union said on Saturday Africa must turn ever more to China for its development because conditions and checks often stalled the flow of funds from Western nations and the World Bank.

Zambia: China gives Zambia over K2.4 bn concessional loan – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
26/07/2010
The Chinese government has given Zambia a concessional loan amounting to over K2.4 billion (361 million Chinese Yuan) for the construction of mobile hospitals. And Zambia and China have signed four agreements in the areas of economy, technical and education.

KK hails Zambia, China bilateral ties – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
26/07/2010
First Republican president Dr Kenneth Kaunda has hailed bilateral ties that exist between Zambia and China dating back to independence days.

A Closer Look at Selfless Chinese Investment in Country – The Times (ZAM)
26/07/2010
Over a long time, China has consistently provided African countries with assistance to the best of its capacity without any political condition. This is in an effort to help African countries get out of difficulties and to realise economic and social development.

Chinese Industrialist, Others Nabbed With 450kg Of Cocaine – Leadership Nigeria (NGA)
26/07/2010
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has smashed a major International drug syndicate of two Chinese nationals including their Nigerian clearing agent that smuggles cocaine from South American countries to West Africa.

UNICEF official sees China’s experience as good inspiration for Africa in reducing maternal, infant mortalities – Forum on China Africa Cooperation (CHN)
26/07/2010
China’s experience can be a good source of inspiration for Africa in slashing the continent’s maternal and infant mortalities which have remained alarmingly high over the past decade, a senior official with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) has said.

Commentary: Help Africa? Trade not aid please! – Forum on China Africa Cooperation (CHN)
26/07/2010
The win-win cooperation between China and Africa has helped transform the idea of Africa from a destination of charity to a place for business.

How China is changing Sierra Leone – BBC (GBR)
26/07/2010
Today, Sierra Leone is still bogged down in the familiar developing country issues of poor governance, corruption, high infant mortality, and entrenched poverty. But the unmistakeable scent of progress is in the air and business has taken centre stage. Mining in particular. And business with China above all.

Chinese engineers to start working on the Mongu- Kalabo road – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
25/07/2010
Vice President George Kunda… said engineers from China are already in the country to work on the project.

China’s Roads in the DRC: Good, bad, or ugly? – Deborah Brautigam’s blog (USA)
25/07/2010
In this weeks blog entry, Deborah Brautigam discusses the connotations and motivations behind China’s road-building projects in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The Francis Brothers’ Documentary: When China met Africa – China Talking Points (USA, CHN)
24/07/2010
Follow this link to view the documentary on Youtube. To view the Royal African Society review of the documentary click 
here.

Refinery Project To Create 7,000 Jobs – Leadership Nigeria (NGA) 
24/07/2010
An estimated 7,000 jobs will be created in Bayelsa State when a refinery is built there in a joint project with China, the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (NNPC) has said.

Kidnap of Chinese Citizens My Greatest Challenge: Envoy – This Day (NGA)
24/07/2010
Outgoing Chinese Envoy to Nigeria, Ambassador Xu Jianguo has said that kidnapping of Chinese citizens by militants in the Niger Delta region was the greatest challenge he faced in his four years as representative of the Chinese government in Nigeria.

Arusha-Namanga Road Done By 40 Percent – Arusha Times (TZA)
24/07/2010
The China Geo-Engineering Corporation is undertaking the Tanzanian section of the around US $ 164.3 Million project, funded by the Tanzanian and Kenyan governments as well as the Africa Development Bank and Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Danger: A Flood Of Cheap Chinese Phones In Ghana – Ghana Web (GHN)
24/07/2010
The replacement of import tariffs on mobile phones with talk tax in 2007 is the result of the flood of fake Chinese mobile handsets on the Ghanaian market.

Chinese state councilor visits DR Congo – Xinhua (CHN)
24/07/20101
Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo arrived in Kinshasa on Friday night to begin a three-day visit to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DR Congo). The visit by the Chinese official is set to strengthen cooperative relations between the two friendly countries, officials said.

China in Africa: Who is Michael Sata? – China Talking Points (USA, CHN)
24/07/2010
Zambian opposition leader Michael Sata has emerged as a central character in the story of China’s engagement with Africa.   He has become a staple of the mainstream media’s coverage of the issue, portrayed as a vocal critic of the Chinese, particularly in Zambia.

Chinese Investors condemned – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
23/07/2010
The Federation for Free Trade Unions of Zambia (FFTUZ) has condemned the beating of Zambian workers by Chinese nationals at the Chinese Collum Coal mine in Sinazongwe District in Southern Province.

Chinese municipal government to buy 181 SA-designed security vehicles – Engineering News (ZAF)
23/07/2010
The Jixi municipal government, in China, through the government- owned China Special Automotive Group (CSAG), has signed a contract with local company the Virleo group for 181 multipurpose security vehicles.

University of Ghana inaugurate Network Operations Centre – Ghana Web (GHN)
23/07/2010
Mr Hu Yu Jie, Commercial Counsellor, Chinese Embassy, said the ICT project signified another collaborative effort between Ghana and China in their bilateral relationship. He pledged continues support and assistance of Chinese Government to Ghana in various sectors of the economy.

Mozambican government orders geological survey from Chinese group – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
23/07/2010
The Mozambican government has ordered detailed geological surveys of the country’s mining resources from a Chinese group, the country’s Mining Resources minister said Thursday in Maputo.

China is ‘not that big a force in Africa’ – Business Report (ZAF)
23/07/2010
China is among the most active investors in Africa, but developed countries still account for most foreign direct investment (FDI) into the continent, according to the 2010 World Investment Report yesterday.

Defense Minister Welcomes Chinese Support – Angola Press (AGO)
23/07/2010
Angolan defense minister, Candido Van-Dunem, has expressed the gratitude of the angolan government for the chinese multiform support for Angola’s reconstruction and development, during a meeting this week in Beijing with his chinese counterpart, Liang Guanglie.

Algerian president meets Chinese state councilor on bilateral ties – Xinhua (CHN)
22/07/2010
Algerian President Abdelaziz Bouteflika on Wednesday met with visiting Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo, discussing ways to consolidate and deepen Sino- Algerian strategic and cooperative ties. Dai, who arrived in Algiers on Tuesday, also talked with the Algerian president over the international and regional issues of mutual concern, according to a press release from the Chinese delegation.

Chinese learn African languages to grow trade – Business Daily (KEN)
22/07/2010
China’s interest in Africa is frequently portrayed simply as that of a rising economic power seeking natural resources. Deborah Brautigam, author of The Dragon’s Gift: the Real Story of China in Africa, argues that in contrast to Europe and the United States, China also sees Africa as an important market… She spoke to Davison Makanga of IPS.

Safaricom goes smart with Android – Business Daily (KEN)
22/07/2010
Chinese telecoms firm Huawei has introduced its smart phone brand in Kenya, aiming for a piece of the rapidly growing top end of the mobile phone market currently dominated by global giants Apple, Nokia and Samsung.

China to Assist in Bridging Entrepreneurship Gap – This Day (NGA)
22/07/2010
The Office of the Special Adviser to the President on Relations with Civil Society (OSAP-CSR) has initiated fresh steps to explore the various opportunities which China is providing through its Economic and Commercial department

China-Africa Relations – Blue Ocean Network (USA)
21/07/2010
David Moser invites two guests to discuss the unique perspectives of the fast-developing China-Africa relationship, as well as opinion on past, present and future ties. Part two is available 
here.

China, Angola eye enhanced military exchanges – Xinhua (CHN)
21/07/2010
Vice Chairman of China’s Central Military Commission Guo Boxiong Wednesday pledged to enhance military exchanges with Angola.

Chinese firm eyes East Africa opportunities – Xinhua (CHN)
21/07/2010
China Crescent Enterprises is to invest in mobile cash transfer and wireless solutions business in East Africa in a plan that involves transferring similar technologies used in China to East Africa, the company has said

At the mercy of ‘killer’ products – Vanguard (NGA)
21/07/2010
The increasing influx of  Chinese products into the Nigerian market is giving  sleepless nights to many concerned Nigerians.

Chinese coal mine nationals condemned for beating up Zambian workers – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
21/07/2010
Chief Sinazongwe has condemned the Chinese Collum Coal Mine (CCM) nationals for beating up Zambian workers which resulted in one them being admitted to Maamba Hospital.

Zuma’s nephew now charms Chinese – Business Report (ZAF)
21/07/2010
Multimillion rand deals with Asian companies are coming thick and fast to Khulubuse Zuma, President Jacob Zuma’s nephew, who yesterday announced the sealing of another contract for a vehicle dealership with DongFeng Automobile Company (DFAC), a Chinese government-owned manufacturer.

China not interested in scramble for Africa – Business Report (ZAF)
21/07/2010
Chinese moves into Africa have, more to do with the promotion of solidarity with previously colonised countries rather than with a new scramble for Africa or actually attempting to colonise the continent for itself.

China to Complete New Health Ministry Complex – The Analyst (LIB)
21/07/2010
The People’s Republic of China has promised the Liberian government of its unwavering preparedness and determination to embark on the completion of the unfinished Health Ministry complex situated in Congo Town as part of the country’s resolve to help Liberia with its infrastructural development.

Chinese state councilor arrives in Ethiopia for official visit – Walta Information (ETH)
20/07/2010
Chinese State Councilor Dai Bingguo arrived here on Tuesday for an official visit to Ethiopia… During his one-day stay, Dai will meet Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi, President Girma Wolde-Giorgis and other senior officials.

China partners Sokoto on cement factory – Vanguard (NGA)
20/07/2010
Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wamakko, has revealed plans by the state government in collaboration with the Chinese government to establish a cement factory in the state.

Africa’s expanding trade relations with Asia to spur growth in 2010 and beyond – Engineering News (ZAF)
20/07/2010
Rising trade with Asia, and China in particular, has emerged as a key new source of growth for sub-Saharan Africa and will continue to be a core growth driver in 2010 and beyond.

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