Weekly news

27/07/2010 to 04/08/2010

Why Chinese should be taught in Africa schools – Business Daily (KEN)
04/08/2010
One of the surest ways Africa can benefit from interaction with China is for Africans to study the Chinese language.

China, Africa promote agricultural co-op through party-to-party channels – Xinhua (CHN)
03/08/2010
Senior officials from Chinese and African political parties will gather in Beijing next week to discuss ways to promote agricultural cooperation.

Russia will have eye on China for Zuma visit – Business Day (ZAF)
03/08/2010
The courtship with South Africa is also a Russian attempt to stay ahead of China, which has usurped the influence that Europe and the US used to command in Africa .

Why pay less for a fake phone? – Vanguard (NGA)
03/08/2010
China is one of the main sources of fake phones in the Nigerian market. Hundreds of Chinese companies are churning out new ‘models’ of mobile phones day in and day out, which are in turn flooding the market.

Chinese investors, Ogun govt partner on economic devt – Vanguard (NGA)
03/08/2010
One of the leading paper manufacturers in China has expressed interest in partnering with the Ogun State Government in sourcing raw materials for its product from the Gateway State…Ogun State provides a rich source of raw materials for many industries in Liaochen, one of China’s most developed cities.

Ecobank launches pack with Bank of China – Ecobank (TOG)
03/08/2010
Ecobank Ghana has become the first affiliate of the Ecobank Group to have a dedicated desk manned by staff seconded by the Bank of China… Ecobank and the Bank of China stand to benefit from the growing trade and investment links between Africa and China.

China-Liberia Relations at Liberia’s 163rd Independence Anniversary – The Analyst (LBR)
03/08/2010
Although there are many impressions about Liberia’s foreign relations at this time of the 163rd Independence Anniversary of Liberia, the relations between the People’s Republic of China and the Republic of Liberia are of highest and unprecedented significance.

Unreported World: China’s African Takeover – China Talking Points (USA, CHN)
03/08/2010
Before the Francis’ brother impressive documentary “When China Met Africa”, rival UK network Channel 4 ITV produced “China’s African Takeover” in 2008.  Reporter Aidan Hartley and producer travel through Zambia and the DR Congo to document conditions in Chinese-run mine and agricultural operations.  In general, they paint a very grim picture of the conditions that local workers endure under Chinese management and it provides a sobering overview of the harsh realities on the ground that confront both Chinese and Africans alike.

China extends helping hands abroad – Forum on China Africa Cooperation (CHN)
02/08/2010
China has provided aid to more than 160 countries in Africa, Asia, Latin America and in the South Pacific since 1950.

LASG, firm differ on cause of collapsed LASU-Iba road – Vanguard (NGA)
02/08/2010
Officials of Lagos State government and China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC), the firm handling the LASU-Iba road construction project, have adduced different reasons for the recent collapse of a portion of the road.

Guinea hopeful Rio deal will speed iron ore project – Business Report (ZAF)
02/08/2010
A deal between Rio Tinto and Aluminum Corp of China Ltd could speed up development of Guinea’s Simandou iron ore deposits, but the government of the West African state has not yet approved it, Mines Minister Mahmoud Thiam told Reuters.

Zuma steps up BRICs charm offensive  – Business Report (ZAF)
02/08/2010
South African President Jacob Zuma goes to Russia and China this month, part of a push to open new trade and investment routes to the fast-growing emerging economies to replace traditional markets in Europe.

Chinese group Qinghua wants to mine for coal in Niassa, Mozambique – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
02/08/2010
The chairman of Chinese group Qinghua said in Maputo that within two months it would send a team of technicians to the district of Lago, in the Mozambican province of Niassa, northern Mozambique to assess the coal reserves in the region.

Dog-Eating Chinese Given Warning for Animal Cruelty – SW Radio Africa (GBR)
02/08/2010
(Zimbabwean) animal welfare activists have expressed their outrage after a Chinese national, accused of cruelly killing at least three dogs, was let off with nothing more than an official police warning.

Chinese entrepreneurs in Africa, land of a billion customers – Danwei (CHN)
02/08/2010
In the peaceful and prosperous Namibian capital of Windhoek, small Chinese businesses have been ruffling feathers.

Chinese Police Strengthen Crime Fighting Partnership – Bua News (ZAF)
01/08/2010
South African and Chinese police have strengthened the ties between them and vowed to help each other fight crime.

The Dragon in Africa: An overview of China’s presence on the continent – International Business Times (GBR)
31/07/2010
China, an emerging global superpower which will likely become the world’s biggest economy within fifteen years, has planted itself deeply into the vast continent of Africa — a land of huge untapped natural resources and incredible growth potential.

Outcry as Chinese Engineers Eat Dogs – The Standard (ZWE)
31/07/2010
DOG-eating Chinese engineers have caused an uproar in Matabeleland South where they are installing transmitters. The behaviour of the Chinese who have a penchant for dog meat has unsettled villagers who are now jealously protecting their animals which should naturally guard them.

KenGen wins round one in power deal dispute – Daily Standard (KEN)
31/07/2010
KenGen has won the first round in its bid to stop a Chinese firm from interfering with a Sh3.75 billion tender for the construction of a geothermal plant in Olkaria.

Cocaine: NDLEA won’t extradite arrested Chinese, says Giade – Vanguard (NGA)
31/07/2010
The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency, NDLEA, yesterday ruled out the possibility of extraditing the Chinese nationals arrested in connection with the recent seizure of 450.400kg of cocaine valued at N4 billion.

China-Liberia Relations Breaks Colonial Norms – The Analyst (LBR)
30/07/2010
Liberia’s astute politician, Dr. Togba-Nah Tipoteh, said despite diplomatic propaganda that the People’s Republic of China (PRC) was engaged with Africa to exploit its natural resources, the Asian nation was making strides in Liberia because it understood the needs of the Liberian people.

The China-Africa Relationship – a New Form of Economic Enslavement? – Public Agenda (GHA)
30/07/2010
The Chinese exploitation of Afrika is a further blow to the economic emancipation of Afrika. Do not be fooled by the Chinese protestations that their relationship with Afrika is based on mutual trust and respect unlike the Western/American exploitation of Afrika.

Namibian Art ‘Made in China’ – New Era (NAM)
30/07/2010
The latest exhibition by award-winning Windhoek artist, Imke Rust, opened in the Omba Gallery under the label “Made in China,” on Tuesday. In this exhibition, consisting of works produced in China with traditional Chinese art materials, Rust provocatively challenges our preconceived notions and stereotypes about China. She presents us with yet another chapter of her art-making that incorporates several of her established key themes – such as the analysis of the human psyche and relationships – but expressed in refreshing and innovative ways inspired by her stay in China.

Mandela Stadium Facelift Commences – The New Vision (UGA)
30/07/2010
Renovation work worth (17m Chinese Yuan) sh4.5bn has began at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole. The repairs, to last eight months, will cover the electronic score board, running tracks and the entire stadium’s lighting system. Sun Hua, who heads a team of engineers from China, has promised a good job that would ensure that the complex remains among the continent’s best.

Exploring China-Kenya Relations — From 600 Years Ago and Today – ABC News (USA)
29/07/2010
Next month, Chinese and Kenyan archaeologists will team up for their own version of a modern-day treasure hunt. They’ll begin searching for a 600-year-old Chinese ship that is believed to have wrecked off the northern coast of Kenya, and could be an important clue to early ties between the two countries.

Vavi looks to China for ideas on controlling rand – Business Report (ZAF)
29/07/2010
Cosatu general secretary Zwelinzima Vavi this week called for research into how other emerging markets were keeping their currencies competitive and stable… after rand strength helped shave off 61 000 South African jobs in the second quarter. Vavi singled out China as a case study, but advocated a broad-ranging investigation of other developing markets.

Chinese embassy in Ethiopia celebrates founding anniversary of Chinese army – Walta Information (ETH)
29/07/2010
The Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia on Wednesday marked the 83rd Founding Anniversary of the People’s Liberation Army.

Kidnap of 2 Chinese: Businessman,20 others remanded in custody – Vanguard (NGA)
29/07/2010
The Federal High Court sitting in Awka, yesterday, remanded an Nnewi-based business magnate, Chief Pius Ogbuawa, and 20 others in prison custody over allegation of conspiracy in the kidnap of two Chinese in 2007.

China marks latest Africa deal in style – Financial Times (GBR)
29/07/2010
The latest stage in China’s push for Africa’s resources was marked on Thursday with a ceremony in Beijing’s Great Hall of the People. The huge building, scene of countless Communist party galas, was given over to an event in which Chinalco, the state-run metal company, formalised a joint venture with Rio Tinto to develop iron ore in Guinea.

Students In China Inducts New Leadership – The Analyst (LBR)
28/07/2010
The LSUIC, which was formed in November 2005, represents the interest of Liberian students studying in China.

Digging up ancient kingdom – Daily Nation (KEN)
28/07/2010
A ninth century kingdom in Malindi is at the heart of a major archaeological excavation that has interested the Chinese, who are trying to establish when their forefathers started interacting with the East African coast.

VP Woos More Chinese Investors – Times of Zambia (ZMB)
28/07/2010
Vice-President George Kunda has called for more Chinese investments in Zambia, saying there are still many areas in the economy that need massive investments.

Chinese men arrested after Swakop violent turf fight – The Namibian (NAM)
28/07/2010
EIGHT Chinese nationals were arrested at Swakopmund on Sunday after a violent fight, which ended in two men being hospitalised for serious stab wounds. An unlicensed firearm was confiscated. Police investigations revealed that three men had breached immigration laws, while another is apparently involved in a matter over the alleged illegal trading of rhino horns. There is also a pending bribery case against one of the arrested suspects.

Chinese Investment Is Serious – Times of Zambia (ZMB)
28/07/2010
The continued investment into Zambia by Chinese firms should by now convince critics that investors from the giant Asian country are serious about setting up business here.

China International Fund in Africa: Another Failed Project – Deborah Brautigam’s Blog (USA)
27/07/2010
Once again, the murky Hong Kong company China International Fund (CIF) shows that it “talks the talk” but can’t “walk the walk”. The East African reports that a project under discussion for four years to partner with China Sonangol [CIF’s joint venture with Angola’s state-owned oil firm Sonangol] to revive Tanzania’s state airline, Air Tanzania, remains moribund. Air Tanzania is threatening to partner with Air Zimbabwe now.

Africa Needs China – Kaunda – Times of Zambia (ZMB)
27/07/2010
Former president Kenneth Kaunda has said there is need for China to help Africa develop capacity for value addition as that would help grow the economies of countries on the continent.

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