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23/03/2011 to 29/03/2011

China Africa News 23/03/2011 to 29/03/2011

Somaliland aviation minister visits China -Somaliland Press (SOM)
29/03/2011
Breaking new ground in Somaliland’s foreign relations and starting a new phase in Somaliland-China ties, Somaliland aviation minister, Mr Ali Waran Adde, on Thursday led a delegation to Beijing, the Chinese capital for an official visit.

Sale of power plants: Power minister allays workers’ fears -The Nation (NGA)
29/03/2011
The Minister of State for Power, Nuhu Wya, has dispelled the fears of electricity workers at Egbin, Olorrunsogo and Omotosho over the planned sale of the power plants to private sector investors. On why government decided to hand over management of the plants to the Chinese, Wya said it was irrational to have a plant sitting there when it is not delivering power and you are burdened with the debt that you cannot pay and this is cutting across international boundary.

China’s African investments: Who benefits? -The Washington Post (USA)
28/03/2011
The skyline of this city — what little there is of it — is a Chinese creation. Chinese money built the Parliament building. A $100 million, Chinese-funded hotel and conference center is rising. The Chinese government is constructing a soccer stadium, a decidedly popular move.

China in Africa to stay – SA IMF rep -The Post Online (ZAF)
28/03/2011
China is in Africa to stay, says International Monetary Fund representative for South Africa.
Addressing journalists in Johannesburg last week, Alfredo Cuevas said the IMF was studying the effects of China’s presence on the continent and noted that the latter was doing a commendable job in infrastructure development in Africa.

Africans welcome China’s growing economic power -Reuters

28/03/2011
The prospect of growing Chinese economic clout is welcomed in all African countries, in contrast to other parts of the world where attitudes are either negative or divided, a poll showed on Sunday.

Mulungushi textiles coming back -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
28/03/2011
Government has assured Kabwe residents that it is making joint efforts with the Chinese government to re-open the Zambia-China Mulungushi Textiles joint venture (ZCMT) which was closed due to under-capitalisation.

AU high representative for Somalia hails China’s ties with Africa -FOCAC (CHN)
28/03/2011
The African Union envoy has hailed China as a true friend of Africa through economic cooperation and offering material and moral support to the African national liberation movements.

China dismisses US claims over Africa -Daily Nation (KEN)
28/03/2011
China has dismissed as “sensational” claims by the US it was employing dirty tricks to gain a foothold in Kenya.

Africa, China relations top agenda at Nairobi meeting -The Standard (KEN)

28/03/2011
More than 50 African researchers and think tanks have begun a two-day consultative meeting in Nairobi to explore ways of encouraging research and policy on Africa-China relations.

Africans welcome China’s growing economic power -The Standard (KEN)

27/03/2011
The prospect of growing Chinese economic clout is welcomed in all African countries, in contrast to other parts of the world where attitudes are either negative or divided, a poll showed on Sunday.

Bric promotion is nothing but good news for SA -Business Live (ZAF)
26/03/2011
South African companies and academic and research institutes, working with the government, need to craft strategies to make the most of this opportunity. The country’s future will be intertwined with that of Bric in significant ways for the African continent.

BBC: The Chinese are Coming (part 1) -China Talking Points
26/03/2011
In this three part series on China’s surging international reach, the BBC’s Justin Rowland travels across a slice of Africa to explore the impact that the Chinese are having on the continent. Now available for viewers outside of the UK.

China’s Libya Policy-A Debrief with Deborah Brautigam (Podcast) -China Talking Points

26/03/2011
The China in Africa Podcast on China’s role in the Libyan crisis.

China hardens stance against Libyan air strikes -China Talking Points

25/03/2011
The Chinese government stepped up its criticism on Thursday of US and European air strikes on Libya.

Chinese Stories in Chad -FOCAC (CHN)

25/03/2011

By Xia Liling from Chinese Embassy in Chad. In recent years, with China-Chad friendly and cooperative partnership developing faster and better, more and more Chinese enterprises are investing in Chad.

Seychellois president meets visiting Chinese vice premier on bilateral co-op -FOCAC (CHN)
25/03/2011
Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan called on the Seychellois President James Michel at State House here on Thursday before winding up an official visit in Africa.

Chinese political advisor calls for closer co-op among BRICS think-tanks -FOCAC (CHN)
25/03/2011
A senior Chinese political advisor on Thursday urged think-tanks from BRICS countries to enhance exchanges and promote cooperation between their countries, as top leaders from these countries will meet in China next month.

China pins great hopes on upcoming BRICS summit: FM spokeswoman -FOCAC (CHN)
24/03/2011
China on Tuesday said it expected the upcoming meeting of BRICS countries to produce positive results. “China believes the BRICS countries will follow the principle of democracy and transparency, step up consultation and seek positive results from the meeting,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said during the regular briefing on Tuesday.

China, Zimbabwe agree to boost cooperation -FOCAC (CHN)
24/03/2011
Visiting Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan and Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe said Monday that their countries are ready to deepen ties and expand cooperation.

China tightens hold on Harare -Business Day (ZAF)
24/03/2011
CHINA is consolidating its economic grip on Zimbabwe as part of its continent-wide strategy to dominate a vast swathe of the African economic landscape, stealing a march on South African companies steadily advancing into the country to reinforce their presence.

Sundance eyes China mills for Cameroon -Business Report (ZAF)
24/03/2011
Sundance Resources is seeking Chinese investors to help fund a $4 billion iron ore project in the Cameroon, west Africa, the latest company seeking to challenge the dominance of Vale , Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton in the overseas market for steelmaking’s basic material.

Lazarus Zim’s Afripalm forms infrastructure alliance with Chinese group -Engineering News (ZAF)

24/03/2011
China Railway Construction Corporation (CRCC) has agreed to form a joint venture (JV) with South African empowerment investment company Afripalm Horizon, led by Lazarus Zim, to pursue construction and infrastructure opportunities in South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa.

Sanyu Babies Home toddlers treated -New Vision (UGA)

24/03/2011
Chinese medical experts have conducted a screening exercise on children at Sanyu Babies’ Home in Mengo, Kampala.

What’s in it for Beijing after the $700m loan? -Newsday (ZWE)

23/03/2011
At a time when the rest of the world has been telling the inclusive government to get its act together with regard to human and property rights violations, China has not found these tenets of democracy to be the yardstick for its investment.

China’s Oil Imports From Libya -China in Africa: The Real Story

23/03/2011
China’s FDI investments in Libya are not large, although China does import oil produced in Libya. But how does China compare with other countries as a buyer of Libyan crude?

Libya offers challenges for Chinese policy -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn

23/03/2011
I was interviewed by Yaping Wang, program manager of the Asia Program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

China has an open attitude to China-Africa-Europe cooperations -CRI Online

23/03/2011
China is open to China-Africa-Europe cooperations, said Liu Xiaoming, Chinese ambassador to Britain at the London summit on the economic outlook of Africa.

Agreement on economic and technical cooperation -Jornal de Angola (AGO)

23/03/2011
The Vice-President of the Republic defended yesterday the “ongoing dialogue at the highest level” with China to strengthen the partnership between the two countries in all fields.

Visiting Chinese vice premier gives suggestions on China-Kenya pragmatic cooperation -FOCAC (CHN)

22/03/2011
Chinese Vice Premier Wang Qishan held talks with Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga in Nairobi on Friday, during which he made suggestions on how to further expand bilateral pragmatic cooperation in the future.

China EximBank approves N4.5bn trade facility for Access Bank -The Vanguard (NGA)
22/03/2011
In furtherance of the trade relationship between Nigeria and China, the Export-Import Bank of China (China EximBank) has granted a N4.5 billion ($30 million) trade finance facility to a Nigerian bank, Access Bank Plc.

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