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27/09/2011 to 02/10/2011

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 Zimbabwe: A tale of two Chinas -Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)

  China, SA ink $2.5bn in deals in Dalai Lama’s shadow -Engineering News (ZAF)

 Deal With Crook Chinese Traders -Peace FM (GHA)

 Mills Reacts To Opposition Concerns On $3b Chinese Loan -Ghana Web (GHA)

 Sata eyes Chinese mines to help Zambia’s poor -The New Age (ZAM)

  The human side of the Sino-Africa project -openDemocracy (GBR)

 

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Watching African sea turtles -Exporting China’s Development to the World
30/09/2011
With the rapidly growing number of Africans getting PhDs in China, it will be interesting to understand their motivations and impact if they return home.

Chinese involvement in African hydropower sector growing strongly -Engineering News (ZAF)
30/09/2011
China is emerging as a significant market participant in Africa’s mega hydro- power schemes, being involved in projects valued at $9.3-billion, a new report has revealed.

Tanzania, China seal 532km gas pipeline deal -IPP Media (TZN)
30/09/2011

Tanzania and China have signed a USD1.0 billion agreement for the construction of a 532-km gas pipeline from Mnazi Bay and Songo Songo to Dar es Salaam in efforts to ease power shortage in the country.

Is Kenya ripe for marriage with Chinese? -Daily Nation (KEN)
30/09/2011
As Kenyans suffer through power outages and an unsteady economy, the Chinese may soon be providing some alternative solutions.

The ties that bind: China, Angola and Zimbabwe -Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)
29/09/2011
Khadija Sharife takes a look at the links between Hong-Kong-based private entity China International Fund, Angola’s state oil company Sonangol and Zimbabwe’s diamond fields.

Zimbabwe: A tale of two Chinas -Pambazuka News (GBR, KEN)
29/09/2011
Khadija Sharife takes a closer look at the involvement of key players in Zanu PF’s Mugabe faction in a diamond-mining venture between the Zimbabwean government and Chinese company, Anhui Foreign Economic Construction Co. Ltd.

China, SA ink $2.5bn in deals in Dalai Lama’s shadow -Engineering News (ZAF)
29/09/2011
China has agreed to $2.5-billion in investment projects with South Africa, the African nation’s deputy president said on Thursday, on a three-day trip to China during which he brushed off controversy over a potential visit by the Dalai Lama.

President Guebuza Lauds Cooperation With China -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
29/09/2011
Mozambican President Armando Guebuza stressed on Monday in Maputo that critics of cooperation between Mozambique and China are wrong.

In Africa, an Election Reveals Skepticism of Chinese Involvement -The Atlantic (USA)
29/09/2011
Zambians have voted out president seen as closely aligned with China, which has sent thousands of workers and managers here and to other Sub-Saharan countries

Deal With Crook Chinese Traders -Peace FM (GHA)
28/09/2011
A Senior Chinese official has asked Chinese businessmen in Ghana to operate within the local laws, warning that anyone who flouts the law should be dealt with.

Mills Reacts To Opposition Concerns On $3b Chinese Loan -Ghana Web (GHA)
28/09/2011
President John Evans Atta Mills has said the World Bank is supportive of Ghana’s initiative to access $3 billion Chinese assistance for the development of infrastructure.

Ghana will be short-changed with $3b Chinese loan – NPP -Ghana Business News (GHA)
28/09/2011
The Minority New Patriotic Party (NPP) said their abstinence from the $3-billion Master Agreement loan, was without malice but to caution government that the nation would be short-changed if government went ahead with the agreement.

China’s African mischief -CNN Blogs (USA)
28/09/2011
China’s willingness to arm and defend African dictators, even in the teeth of U.N. sanctions, as in Libya, undermines its claim to a “peaceful rise.” Given China’s Libyan duplicity, the world should now determine whether it is a country that obeys international rules only when doing so suits its interests.

Tigers in ‘bid to sell’ leased land -The Namibian (NAM)
28/09/2011
Tigers Sport Club’s management is allegedly plotting to sell off the community club’s land to an undisclosed Chinese contractor without the blessing of its supporters before month-end.

China praises AU’s role of peace, development, integration -Walta Info (ETH)
28/09/2011
The Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia said that the African Union is playing an ever increasingly role in upholding peace and security as well as promoting development and integration

Ethio-China relations get momentum: Ambassador Gu -Walta Info (ETH)
27/09/2011
The Chinese Embassy in Ethiopia said that the comprehensive cooperative partnership between the two countries has gained new momentum.

China’s red ticket gaining credit -Jeune Afrique (FRA)
27/09/2011
The internationalization of the Chinese currency will be on the agenda of the next G20. But now, countries such as Nigeria rely on the yuan as a future competitor of the dollar and euro.

China’s Dictator Complex -The Diplomat (JPN)

27/09/2011
Chinese policymakers are often assumed to be the archetypal practitioners of realpolitik. But their coddling of dictators is counter-productive.

Army ready to crush any revolt – The Zimbabwe Mail (ZWE)
27/09/2011
Defence minister Mnangagwa has vowed to crush any possible revolt against Mugabe’s continued rule. He made the remarks on Friday during a tour of Chinhoyi University of Technology’s Hunyani Farm, where the institution has partnered the Zimbabwe Defence Forces (ZDF) and a Chinese investor in a 300-hectare wheat production project.

Seven Chinese Firms Fail to Set up Smelting Plant -The Herald (ZWE)
27/09/2011
Seven Chinese chrome mining firms have failed to set up smelting plants in the country despite Government giving them a reprieve twice.

China’s ZTE wins two contracts despite corruption allegation -IDG News (NOR)
27/09/2011
Despite mounting allegations of corruption and criticism of illegally bringing Chinese foreign nationals to work on its telecom projects in Africa, China’s ZTE has been awarded contracts to build nationwide fiber networks in South Africa and Burundi.

UDF hails China presence in Malawi -Nyasa Times (MWI)
26/09/2011
The opposition United Democratic Front (UDF) has hailed Malawi government’s 2008 decision to review its diplomatic links with Taiwan and shifting to Mainland China, saying the move has borne substantial fruits.

South Africa may block Dalai Lama visit to Tutu -Associated Press (USA)
26/09/2011
South Africa officials may block the Dalai Lama from celebrating the 80th birthday of his friend and fellow Nobel Peace Laureate, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, amid fears that Chinese pressure is trumping the country’s much-vaunted policies on freedom of speech and human rights.

How Beijing Missed an Opportunity in Libya -Wall Street Journal (USA)
26/09/2011
Greater cooperation and a dose of transparency would have put minds at ease about China’s rise

A setback for China in Africa -Foreign Policy (USA)
26/09/2011
Chinese ambitions in Africa have been no secret to Western policymakers. In the past 7 years, Beijing has devoted over $14 billion dollars to Africa, through a mixture of aid for resources packages and direct investment. However, the outcome of this weekend’s Zambian presidential election could be an indication that the policy is beginning to backfire.

China pledges more support to relieve African food crisis -Walta Info (ETH)
26/09/2011
China will make further contributions to help Africa with food security and sustainable development, Foreign Minster Yang Jiechi said at a mini-summit held to raise awareness about the humanitarian crisis in the Horn of Africa at the UN headquarters in New York on Saturday.

Dalai Lama clouds S.Africa trade trip to China -Reuters
26/09/2011
South Africa’s deputy president left for China on Monday on a trip that Beijing may use to influence Pretoria to reject a visa application by the Dalai Lama.

Obey rules, Zambia’s Sata tells China -News 24 (ZAF)
26/09/2011
New Zambian President Michael Sata told Beijing on Monday he welcomed Chinese companies investing in Africa’s biggest copper producer but only if they obeyed the law, especially by employing more Zambian workers

Treat China with caution: NUM -The New Age (ZAF)
26/09/2011
There was a need for the South African government to review the role of China in the economy because it was stockpiling chrome and ferrochrome in order to dictate prices in the future, the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) said on Friday.

Nigerian customs seize shipment of explosives -Codewit Flow (NGA)
25/09/2011
Customs officials in Nigeria, buckling under a spate of bomb attacks blamed on Islamists, have seized an illegal shipment of materials used in bomb-making on a Chinese vessel, an official said Saturday.

NATO’s War on Libya is Directed against China: AFRICOM and the Threat to China’s National Energy Security -Global Research
25/09/2011
If we take a careful look at a map of Africa and also look at the African organization of the new Pentagon Africa Command—AFRICOM—the pattern that emerges is a careful strategy of controlling one of China’s most strategically important oil and raw materials sources.

China’s Role in African Development -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn
25/09/2011
Richard Schiere, an economist with the African Development Bank, prepared a study titled, “China and Africa: An Emerging Partnership for Development? – An Overview of Issues.” It is dated May 2011.

Protestors Rally Against Rhino Poaching in South Africa -NTD Television (USA)
24/09/2011
Protesters from animal rights groups rally outside the Chinese embassy in Pretoria, demanding the government combat Asia’s illegal trade in rhino horn.

Swimming in linguistic confusion -Mmegi Online (BWA)
23/09/2011
The monumental auditorium at SSKB was fully packed with smiling Chinese waiting to enjoy the spectacular show celebrating their national day. I was very excited to be among people of a different race especially at an event like this.

Sata eyes Chinese mines to help Zambia’s poor -The New Age (ZAM)
23/09/2011
Zambia’s new President Michael Sata, who made his name denouncing China’s presence in the country, has vowed to ensure that ordinary Zambians benefit from Beijing’s heavy investment in mining.

The human side of the Sino-Africa project -openDemocracy (GBR)
23/09/2011
Whilst people criticize China’s economic invasion of Africa or the political intrigues behind Sino-African cooperation, the human side of the story is almost always ignored.

In Africa, Chinese companies also build churches -La Croix (FRA)
21/09/2011
It is also China, which prints most of the Bibles used by Christians in Africa.

Comment: Park sale would be Mutare’s biggest scam -Newsday (ZWE)
20/09/2011
The curious proposal to sell Meikles Park to a Chinese diamond mining company has caused apprehension in the scenic eastern border city of Mutare

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