Weekly news

22/06/2009 to 28/06/2009

As the UN appoint a Sudan specialist against the vote of China and Russia, China has been active in securing an agriculture deal with Khartoum. Meanwhile Obama’s special envoy to Sudan Maj. Gen. Scott Gration has declared that the systematic genocide in Darfur is now over.

Bashir’s readmission of western aid groups expelled after the ICC indictment has been offered as a success of Obama’s new policy, but Senegal and Libya lead an African movement to quit the ICC, on grounds that it fails in its attempts at justice, never having countenanced the investigation of a US ally.

This feeling of injustice, manifests itself all the more keenly in the former colonies of the West, and has been the ace card for China’s wooing of African allies. China has played on their shared history of imperial subjugation for many years but has continued to field criticism over human rights and environmental degradation.

Having increasingly employed African labourers on its projects China now seems keen to play the jolly green giant. After instigating an environmental code of conduct for Chinese companies in Africa, it is now competing with the EU to pioneer solar generation in African countries such as Kenya.

Last weeks China Africa developments: 

* 195 Metro Mass Transport buses grounded- Ghana Web (GHN)
30/06/2009
Mr Mike Hammah, Minister of Transport, on Tuesday said 195 Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMT) buses were not in operation due to mechanical and electrical faults, unavailability of spare parts and engine problems. 
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* China ‘agrees huge Zimbabwe loan’- BBC (GBR)
30/06/2009
China has agreed to give Zimbabwe a loan of $950m (£573m) to help it revive its battered economy, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai has said. 
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* Happy couple breaks racial prejudices- China Daily (CHN)
30/06/2009
Pang Xiaoyan met her Ugandan husband when he visited her office for a routine business meeting. That was the first time she had ever set eyes on a black man. 
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* A Namibian model in China- China Daily (CHN)
30/06/2009
Three years ago, Vicky Michael was walking back to her dorm at Beijing Foreign Studies University when a strange man walked up to her and told her she could become a model. 
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* Wetang’ula roots for prisoner exchange deal- Standard (KEN)
30/06/2009
Foreign Affairs Minister Moses Wetang’ula wants China to consider a prisoner exchange programme to allow Kenyan convicts in China serve sentences locally. 
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* China makes inroads, signs multi-million dollar deal for Ethiopian road- Walta Information (ETH)
29/06/2009
China continues to make inroads into Africa, as it bagged yet another major order for building infrastructure in the East African state of Ethiopia. 
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* At Last, China Makes Dramatic Entry into Nigerian Oil Sector- This Day (NGA)
28/06/2009
Last week’s decision of China’s largest petroleum refiner, Sinopec International Petroleum Corporation to acquire Addax Petroleum Cor-poration has been described as a victory of sort for the Asian country after years of unsuccessful bidding for a piece of action in the Nigerian oil industry. 
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* Addax Petroleum Seals Take-over Bid with Chinese Firm- This Day (NGA)
25/06/2009
After weeks of speculations, Swiss-based oil and gas company, Addax Petroleum, has finally concluded a take-over bid with Sinopec International Petroleum Exploration and Production Corporation (SIPC) of China. 
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* Zambia hands defunct mine to China investor- China Daily (CHN)
25/06/2009
Zambia on Wednesday handed Luanshya Copper Mine (LCM), which stopped operations early this year due to falling copper prices, to China Non-Ferrous Metal Mining Company (CNMC), ending speculations about the future of the mine, the Zambia Daily Mail reported on Thursday. 
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* NAFDAC to set up control point in China, India- Vanguard (NGA)
25/06/2009
In a strategic move to totally block the major sources of fake drugs importation into the country, Director-General of National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) Dr. Paul Orhii said the Agency will soon establish control points in China and India. Full Story.

* Kosmos energy pressured to sell to Chinese- Ghana Web (GHN)
23/06/2009
Highly placed government sources according to the B&FT have disclosed that Kosmos Energy will be compelled to offload its stake in the Jubilee Field and other stakes in the West Cape Three Points and Tano Deep water blocs to the China National Offshore Oil Corporation (CNOOC). 
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* CNOOC gets advice on bid for Kosmos- China Trade Information (CHN)
20/06/2009
China’s top offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC Ltd has hired Goldman Sachs to advise it on a bid for a stake in Africa-focused oil and gas firm Kosmos Energy, a source said yesterday, in a deal that may be worth about US$3 billion. Full Story.

* Re-enter the Dragon – Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
June 2009
Bilateral trade is growing as Chinese diplomats explain their role in the negotiations for Zimbabwe’s power-sharing government. 
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* Billions for all- Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
June 2009
The list of countries with multibillion-dollar, Chinese-backed projects is growing longer, with Mozambique the latest country to receive a golden handshake. 
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* Wade’s Skyscraper Legacy- Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
June 2009
Popular discontent and a lack of transparency threaten China’s largest property development deal in West Africa. 
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* Minerals Meltdown- Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
June 2009
China is taking advantage of the global economic crisis to restructure its mining industry. 
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* Tug if war- Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
June 2009
The IMF has scored some points in its battle with China over the mining-for-infrastructure deal but a final decision is unlikely before year’s end. 
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* ICBC’s Toe in African waters- Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
June 2009
The October 2007 merger between the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China, the world’s largest bank, and Standard Bank, South Africa’s largest, is finally showing its potential. After a lacklustre start, this month’s visit to Cape Town by ICBC Chairman Jiang Jianqing revealed that the pair plan to put their billions of dollars into African energy projects. 
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* Leaky Dam Builders- Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
June 2009
While China’s leading dam-builder Sinohydro was busy dealing with complaints from Western non-governmental organisations about its refusal to engage with local populations, an East African NGO shut down one of Sinohydro’s projects in Kenya. 
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* As sweet as chocolate- Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
June 2009
Despite questions about elections and stability, Chinese companies are streaming in. 
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