25/10/2011 to 31/10/2011

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 Sata U-turns on China – Lusaka Times (ZAM)

 Chinese firm wins contract for S. Sudan’s new capital – Sudan Tribune (SUD)

 China to lend African firms another $1 bln – Reuters

 China’s farming history misapplied in Africa – Al Jazeera

 China-Africa Trade Value Expected to Hit USD160bn – MenaFN

 Zambian Workers Return to Jobs at Chinese-Owned Copper Mine – Caixin Online (CHN)

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Zambian President Embraces Chinese Investment – Caixin Online (CHN)
30/10/11
Zambia’s recently-inaugurated President Michael Sata said he welcomes Chinese investors, in a reversal from previously-held stances on the flow of Chinese investment into the country.

Sata U-turns on China – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
30/10/11
President Michael Sata on Saturday said he would welcome Chinese investors, promising to strengthen relations with Beijing, in a U-turn on his pre-election anti-China stance.

Ethio-China relation reaches highest level – Walta Info (ETH)
29/10/11
President Girma Woldegiorgis said the bilateral relation between Ethiopia and China has reached the highest level. 

While discussing with the departing Chinese Ambassador to Ethiopia Gu Xiaojie here on Friday, President Girma said China is one of the leading countries to support Ethiopia’s development endeavors.

China Development Bank to set up credit line for Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
29/10/11
Mozambique’s Millennium bim bank is set to sign an deal with the China Development Bank for the creation of a credit line totalling US$100 million to be applied to investments in Mozambique, said the chairman of Portuguese bank, Banco Comercial Português (BCP).

Kenya lauds Xinhua for impressive news coverage – Xinuanet (CHN)
29/10/11
Kenya has praised Xinhua’s role, the state news agency of China, in news reporting that has over the years created a readily recognizable brand, character, culture and legacy.

NUM slates Chinese bid for Orkney mine – Fin24.com (ZAF)
28/10/11
The National Union of Mineworkers on Friday voiced strong reservations about a Chinese bid to buy insolvent Pamodzi Gold’s Orkney mine. Num’s North West secretary Joe Montisetse accused Chinese African Precious Minerals (CAPM) of trying to shirk its responsibilities on salaries and wages to its prospective workforce at the mine.

President Sata to host luncheon for Chinese investors – Lusaka Times (ZAM)
28/10/11
President Michael Sata is tomorrow expected to host a luncheon at State House in honour of the Chinese business people operating in Zambia.

China Pledges Continued Support to Liberian Media – The Liberian Times (LBA)
28/10/11
The Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) accredited to Liberia, ZHAO Jianhua, has pledged his country’s continued support to the media in Liberia. He made the pledge yesterday at a program commemorating the 80th anniversary of his country’s official news agency, Xinhua News Agency, held at a local hotel located at Paynesville City, outside Monrovia.

Congo election campaign kicks off – Reuters
28/10/11
More than 180,000 ballot boxes have yet to arrive from China and ballot papers are still being printed in South Africa, but the elections will be held on time, said Daniel Ngoy Mulunda, the president of the electoral commission, known as CENI.

FM: Chinese ambassador back to Tripoli – China Caily (CHN)
28/10/11
Chinese Ambassador to Libya Wang Wangsheng returned to Libya’s capital of Tripoli on Friday, Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said in a press release.

Chinese language to be taught in more Kenya schools – Coastweek (KEN)
28/10/11
Kenya’s secondary and primary schools are set to start learning Chinese language following plans by the Confucius Institute in the country to start pilot trials on teaching the language in schools within the capital Nairobi in 2012, the head of the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi has said.

Air Zimbabwe, Chinese airbus deal fails due to sanctions – Metro Zimbabwe (ZBW)
28/10/11
Embattled national airline Air Zimbabwe is reportedly struggling to register two airbus planes it bought from France because of European Union sanctions imposed on the southern African country. Details emerging from several Air Zimbabwe sources reveal that the planes were bought through China Sonangol, a Chinese controlled oil company based in Angola.

China’s Huawei gets into Nigerian market with new Android – Bikyamasr
28/10/11
China’s Huawei Technologies has announced it will begin introducing a series of mobile phone devices into the Nigerian market in the near future after inking a deal with the government that has investors and users excited about the company’s appearance in Nigeria.

Chinese firm wins contract for S. Sudan’s new capital – Sudan Tribune (SUD)
28/10/11
Pan-China Construction Group, a Chinese company, has been awarded the lucrative contract to design Ramciel, the proposed location for South Sudan’s new capital, Sudan Tribune understands.

China’s Role in the Zambian Presidential Elections: Africa’s Friend or Foe? – China Elections and Governance (CHN)
28/10/11
In the September 2011 presidential elections in Zambia, Michael Sata won the election based on a platform of anti-Chinese rhetoric. The presidential vote was even referred to as a “referendum” on China.

Interview: AfDB says China-Africa trade, economic cooperation important – Xinhua (CHN)
28/10/11
The trade relations between China and Africa are moving fast, and China is a good economic partner of Africa, Mthuli Ncube, the vice president of the African Development Bank (AfDB), has said.

Mr. Lu Shaye, Director-General of Department of African Affairs of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs hosted a banquet in honor of the Chinese and foreign participants of the 8th Senior Officials of FOCAC – FOCAC (CHN)
28/10/11
On Oct. 25th  evening, Lu Shaye, Secretary-General of Chinese Follow-Up Committee of FOCAC and Director-General of Department of African Affairs of China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, held a welcome banquet in Hangzhou for the Chinese and foreign delegations attending the 8th Senior Officials Meeting of FOCAC.

The 1st Conference of China-Africa Think Tanks Forum – FOCAC (CHN)
28/10/11
The First China-Africa Think Tanks Forum (CATTF) will be held from October 27 to 29 in the cities of Hangzhou and Jinhua, Zhejiang Province, as part of the 8th Senior Officials Meeting of FOCAC.

FOCAC Ministerial Conferences Reap Outstanding Economic and Trade Results – FOCAC (CHN)
28/10/11
Premier Wen Jiabao announced eight new initiatives to fully strengthen China-Africa pragmatic cooperation at the opening ceremony of the 4th Ministerial Conference of FOCAC. A total of 15 economic and trade initiatives covering 8 fields have been successfully implemented duringthe past 12 months throughjoint efforts of China and African countries.

The 8th Senior Officials Meeting of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation – FOCAC (CHN)
28/10/11
The 8th Senior Officials Meeting of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will be held in Hangzhou, Zhejiang province, on October 26 and October 27 this year.

China ranked 6th on list of Mozambique’s top investors in first half of year – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
28/10/11
China ranked sixth on the list of countries that most invested in Mozambique in the first six months of the year, with South Africa taking first place, the Centre for Promotion and Investment (CPI) has announced in Maputo.

China analysts’ take on Gaddafi death – ChannelNewsAsia
28/10/11
hina has described the death of Muammar Gaddafi as the turning of a new page in Libya, and called for the rapid launch of an inclusive political process that will unify the country and ensure its stability.

China to lend African firms another $1 bln – Reuters
27/10/11
State-run policy lender China Development Bank will loan small and medium-sized African companies another $1 billion, the official Xinhua news agency reported on Thursday.

China’s Desert Dance around Libya – China-US Focus
27/10/11
‘Keeping a low profile’ is still a central tenet for Chinese foreign affairs. Yet other factors pull China out in the open. Chinese investments were a hot and debated issue in the recent election campaign in Zambia. In normally top-down run Burma a giant dam project orchestrated by a Chinese company was shelved due to local popular opposition. Most poignantly, Libya is the 2011 test case unearthing the new fault lines in China’s foreign policy.

Ethiopia, China sign agreement for 1st phase Ethio-Djibouti railway project – Walta Info (ETH)
27/10/11
Ethiopia and China signed agreement on Tuesday for the construction of the first phase of Ethiopia-Djibouti railway project.

China’s farming history misapplied in Africa – Al Jazeera
27/10/11
As sub-Saharan Africa grapples with high food prices in some regions and famine in others, many experts argue that increasing food production through a programme of hybrid seeds and chemical inputs is the way to go. This approach, marketed as a “New Green Revolution” for Africa, is increasingly supported by a triumphant telling of China’s history with this method in the 1970s and 1980s. This Chinese success story is not only distorted, but it is being misapplied in Africa.

Chinese investors in Sh8bn cement factory venture – Business Daily (KEN)
26/10/11
A consortium of Chinese and local investors is setting up an Sh8 billion cement grinding plant expected to open early next year, tapping growing local and regional demand for the product.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun Meets with Pagan Amun, Secretary-General of South Sudan’s Ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement – FOCAC (CHN)
26/10/11
On October 20, 2011, Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun met with Pagan Amun, secretary-general of South Sudan’s ruling Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM), who is visiting China at the invitation of the International Department of the CPC Central Committee. Both sides exchanged views on China-South Sudan relations as well as the relations between Sudan and South Sudan and other issues. Zhai said that China attaches importance to developing friendly relations with South Sudan and would like to strengthen exchanges and cooperation with South Sudan in the political, economic, cultural, educational, health and international affairs.

Mozambican government wants to attract more tourists from China – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
26/10/11
Mozambique in future wants to pay particular attention to attracting tourists from China in order to support the development of its tourism sector, the Mozambican Tourism Minister, Fernando Sumbana Júnior said.

Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun Meets with Joint Press Delegation from African French-speaking Countries – FOCAC (CHN)
26/10/11
On October 24, 2011, Vice Foreign Minister Zhai Jun met with a visiting joint press delegation from African French-speaking countries. Zhai expressed welcome for the African media’s visit to China, spoke highly of the development of China-Africa relations and introduced China’s Africa policy and China-Africa pragmatic cooperation in various fields under the framework of China-Africa Cooperation Forum. He hoped that the African journalists will play an active role for further promoting mutual understanding and friendship between the Chinese and African people and enhancing China-Africa exchanges and cooperation.

China-Africa Trade Value Expected to Hit USD160bn – MenaFN
25/10/11
China is likely to see its trade with Africa hit USD 150 billion-USD 160 billion in value this year, isad Wei Jianguo, the former deputy director for the Ministry of Commerce (M)C), last Saturday.

World bank offers guidelines against “white elephant projects” – My Joy Online (GHA)
25/10/11
The World Bank has urged Ghanaians to expand public discussions on the controversial record loan facility from China to focus more on interrogating the efficient use of the funds and the nature and scope of the projects selected in order to achieve the desired national development results.

China’s forays into Africa’s rail networks – The Zimbabwean (ZWE)
25/10/11
The Chinese rail connection is omnipresent in the 21st Century transport industry of the African continent – and the strong economic sinews, not least in transport, are showing signs of strengthening all the time.

China replaces Portugal to fund Maputo/Catembe bridge in Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
25/10/11
The construction of the bridge linking the Mozambican capital Maputo to the district of Catembe has secured funding from China, said the managing director of the Centre for Investment Promotion (CPI), Lourenço Sambo, cited by Mozambican newspaper O País.

South Sudan: China Donates 200 Million RMB to Country – Sudanese Online (SUD)
25/10/11
The government of the Peoples’ Republic of China today donated 200 million Renminbi (the official Chinese currency abbreviated as RMB) to support agriculture, education, health and water supply projects in the Republic of South Sudan.

Minister of State Carlos Feijo of the Republic of Angola to Visit China – FOCAC (CHN)
25/10/11
Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Jiang Yu announces at the regular press conference: At the invitation of Vice Premier Wang Qishan, Minister of State Carlos Feijo of the Republic of Angola will visit China from October 23 to 28.

Xi Jinping Meets with President of Seychelles Michel – FOCAC (CHN)
25/10/11
Chinese Vice President Xi Jinping met with visiting President of Seychelles James Alix Michel at the Great Hall of the People.

China outplays Europe, US in Africa – Mail and Guardian (ZAF)
24/10/11
As India and China grow their economies, it is obvious they will not achieve their goals without access to the vast and untapped natural resources of Africa and Central Asia.

Ethiopian court sequesters Chinese Sinohydro Corp. Funds – IIFL (IND)
24/10/11
Libya Oil Ethiopia Ltd., claiming unpaid money for fuel provided, has won a judgment from Ethiopia’s Federal High Court Eight Civil Bench to freeze $134,000 of China’s Sinohydro Corp. assets until the case is resolved.

China grants South Sudan $31.5m for development projects – Sudan Tribune (SUD)
24/10/11
The Chinese government today extended a grant of 200 million Yuan (about 31.5 million US dollars) to South Sudan for development projects in the newly independent state.

China delivers emergency food aid to Ethiopia – Xinhuanet (CHN)
23/10/11
China on Saturday delivered portion of the first batch of emergency food assistance to Ethiopia. Wei Hongtian, Charge d’Affairs at the Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia, handed over the assistance certificate to Wondirad Mandefro, Ethiopian State Minster of Agriculture, in a ceremony held at the Office of the Ethiopian Disaster Risk Management Food Security Sector (DRMFSS) in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Zambian Workers Return to Jobs at Chinese-Owned Copper Mine – Caixin Online (CHN)
23/10/11
Strikers at the NFC Africa Mining Chambishi copper mine in the Copperbelt Province of Zambia agreed to return to work after an agreement was signed between the management and trade union.

ZANU-PF, Aliens Colluding in Poaching Syndicates – The Standard (ZBW)
23/10/11
In March this year, Richard Emslie, chief scientific officer for the Species Survival Commission of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature and head of African Rhino Specialist Group (AfRSG), told a meeting of top rhino experts gathered in South Africa that poachers, allegedly Chinese-sponsored syndicates, had slaughtered more than 800 rhinos in Kenya, South Africa and Zimbabwe in 2010 alone.