28/03/2011 to 07/03/2011

Chinese put $580m in SA gold venture -Business Day (ZAF)
07/04/2011
Hong Kong-listed Wing Hing hopes to have production running by 2014

Kagame receives Chinese minister -The New Times (RWA)
07/04/2011
China’s deputy Foreign Minister in charge of African affairs, Zhai Jun, yesterday paid a courtesy call on President Paul Kagame yesterday at Urugwiro Village.

Chinese tycoon drags Bwebajja hotel to court over Shs23 billion -Daily Monitor (UGA)
07/04/2011
A Chinese businessman has slapped a caveat halting sale of J&M Airport Road Hotel in Bwebajja, claiming the owners owe him $9.5 (Shs22.7b) allegedly for materials he supplied for erecting the facility.

Chinese Automobiles – More Than a Decade of Journey in Africa -FOCAC (CHN)
07/04/2011
The commercial export of Chinese cars started in mid-1990s, with Africa being one of the key markets. After a decade of journey, Chinese auto makers have finally established a major presence in Africa, moving from the initial exploration phase plagued by climate sickness to the current development phase brimming with prospects.

Chinese Culture in Focus 2011 -FOCAC (CHN)
07/04/2011
A Lecture on Chinese Acupuncture and Moxibustion was successfully held in the Dakar Senior College of Business Administration of Senegal.

Ecobank opens ‘China desk’ to manage Africa loans -Reuters

06/04/2011
Pan-African bank, Ecobank Transnational Inc, will open a China desk next week aimed at easing the flow of Chinese loans for African infrastructure projects, a bank official said.

Over 15,000 Ghanaians granted Chinese visas in 2010 -Ghana Web (GHN)
06/04/2011
Mr Gong Jianzhong, Chinese Ambassador to Ghana, on Wednesday said over 15,000 Ghanaians who applied to visit China in 2010 were issued with visas.

Zimbabwe: China Sends New Arms Shipment -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
06/04/2011
Pro-democracy activists in Zimbabwe have launched an investigation into reports that an arms shipment destined for the Zimbabwe Defences Forces (ZDF) docked in Beira, Mozambique, on Sunday.

Chinese not offering less for Kalahari -Business Day (ZAF)
05/04/2011
Stocks drop following Japan quake with Kalahari shares falling as low as £1,92 compared to the offer price of £2,90 but deal is still on.

China’s Minmetals makes $6,5bn bid for Equinox -Business Day (ZAF)
05/04/2011
MINMETALS Resources, China’s biggest metals trading company, yesterday offered $6,5bn to buy Equinox Minerals, chasing the target company’s copper assets in Zambia and Saudi Arabia.

Olorunsogo plant: Electricity workers abort output increase -The Nation (NGA)
05/04/2011
Electricity workers at the Olorunsogo power plant have stopped the Chinese workers handling the plant from continuing with the operation as agreed with the government and as a result has prevented the company from increasing output from the plant.

China vehicle maker to open Kenya plant -Business Daily (KEN)
05/04/2011
China’s vehicle manufacturer Foton is setting up an assembly plant in Kenya in what is set to heighten the battle between China and Western nations for business in Kenya.

Chinese navy vessels pay visit to Durban -Business Day (ZAF)
05/04/2011
TWO Chinese vessels, the FFG (guided missile frigate) Zhoushan and the FFG Xuzhou of China’s 7th Escort Task Force, docked in Durban yesterday for a friendly visit that comes after concluding anti-piracy duties off the Somalia coast.

Companies licensed to explore -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
05/04/2011
China Sonangol has been awarded license for exploration. This should involve a total investment of nearly 1.32 billion dollars, according to the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU).

Chinese construction group CHICO due to deliver road in Mozambique in May -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
05/04/2011
Maputo, Mozambique, 4 April – The China Henan International Corporation (CHICO) is due in May to deliver the 96-kilometre road that links the city of Xai-Xai, in Mozambique’s Gaza province, to the Chissibuca administrative post, in Inhambane province, Macauhub learned in Maputo from the National Roads Administration (ANE).

China pledges to enhance friendly exchanges with Liberia -FOCAC (CHN)
05/04/2011
China is willing to enhance friendly exchanges over a wide range of areas with Liberia, Chinese leaders said here Wednesday.

Int’l hydropower meeting concluded in Ethiopia -FOCAC (CHN)
05/04/2011
Some 200 energy officials and water specialists from worldwide Friday called for more financing efforts for developing hydropower as they concluded a two-day meeting here.

Interview: Zuma urged to stand for African interests during BRICS summit -FOCAC (CHN)
05/04/2011
A leading South African business executive has called on President Jacob Zuma to stand for African markets and “not only the interests” of his country during the forthcoming BRICS summit to be held inChina this month.

China-aided agriculture centre in Tanzania wins big applause -IPP Media (TZN)
04/04/2011
The Demonstration Centre aided by the Chinese government in Tanzania on Saturday was highly hailed by the President Jakaya Kikwete, central and local government officials as well as residents.

Chinese company carries out road project in Ethiopia -Walta Info (ETH)
04/04/2011
A Chinese delegation led by Gu Xiaojie, Ambassador of China to Ethiopia, has paid a two-day visit recently to projects run by Chinese companies here in Ethiopia.

Chinese herbal product manufacturers eye Kenyan market -The Standard (KEN)

04/04/2011
Growth in the herbal products market in Kenya has caught the eye of the Chinese.

Hundreds of groups join in protest against Ethiopia’s mega-dam -Sudan Tribune (SUD)
02/04/2011
Some 400 organisations from across the world have signed a petition against the construction of Ethiopia’s multi-billion dollar Gibe III Dam project, Survival International has told Sudan Tribune.

“BRICS” to talk economic coordination, not yuan: China -Business Day (ZAF)
02/04/2011
Leaders from five of the world’s top emerging economies will discuss a coordinated stance on economic issues such as commodity price fluctuations, but the yuan’s exchange rate is off the agenda, a senior Chinese diplomat said on Saturday.

State enters nolle prosequi in case involving Chinese Collum mine shooting -Lusaka Times (ZAM)
01/04/2011
The state has entered a nolle prosequi in a case in which two Chinese nationals of Collum Coal Mine in Sinazongwe shot 13 workers.

Chinese business-owners interested in investing in Sofala province, Mozambique -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
01/04/2011
A group of Chinese businesspeople plans to invest over US$10 million in installing a hotel chain, a car assembly line, expanding the port and on air transport in Mozambique’s Sofala province, according to Mozambican daily newspaper Notícias.

Chinese wind-turbine maker sets up shop in South Africa, eyeing entire African market -Engineering News (ZAF)
01/04/2011
China-based wind-turbine manufacturer Goldwind International officially opened an office in Cape Town late last month with the aim of supplying wind turbines, as well as wind energy project finance, to the African market.

Ghana adopts Chinese technology for waste management -Ghana Web (GHN)
01/04/2011
In an effort to find a lasting solution to waste management in major cities in Ghana, the Ghanaian government and a private company have decided to adopt Chinese technology in at least three waste recycling plants.

An analysis of China’s $9 billion deal with the DRC -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn
01/04/2011
Global Witness, which campaigns to prevent natural resource-related conflict, corruption and human rights abuses, published in March 2011 an analysis of the controversial $9 billion deal between China and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

Engaging China in trilateral cooperation in Africa -The Official Blog of Ambassador David H. Shinn  
01/04/2011
Sven Grimm, director of the Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa, published a brief paper in February 2011 on engaging China in trilateral cooperation in Africa.

Beijing and Delhi change tack -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
31/03/2011
The crisis in Libya is exposing foreign policy contradictions across the world – including among Asia’s rising powers.

Campaigns made in China -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
31/03/2011
President Déby is campaigning in April’s presidential polls on the back of infrastructure and natural resource projects supported by China.

Solid foundations -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
31/03/2011
Chinese traders in Tripoli are watching closely to see how the Western-led attacks on Colonel Moammar el Gadaffi’s regime will affect business in the short term. South Korean and Chinese companies are amongst the top recipients of Libyan construction contracts.

Do it by the deadline -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
31/03/2011
After managing a transition which led to the election on 12 March of new President Mahamdou Issoufou, the military junta has announced that it will not hand over power on 6 April without first ensuring that contracts signed by the previous regime under ousted President Mamadou Tandja are in the best interests of Niger and that the terms of those contracts have been respected. This is causing consternation for Chinese companies in the country.

Good neighbours -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
31/03/2011
Addax, a British-listed oil and gas company controlled by China’s Sinopec, may benefit from this month’s decision by the Nigerian and Cameroonian governments to collaborate in the Bakassi Peninsula after resolving their long-standing dispute over the area.

Friends and benefits -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
31/03/2011
Veteran oppositionist Michael ‘King Cobra’ Sata often accuses President Rupiah Banda and the ruling Movement for Multiparty Democracy of being too cosy with China. Now Sata stands accused of having his own Asian links.

Surveying Sicomines -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
31/03/2011
The Congolese authorities are having trouble holding their Chinese partners to account while new barter deals and contracts pile up.

A new nation -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
31/03/2011
Once an opponent of South Sudanese secession, then diplomatically agnostic, China is now making up for lost time in shoring up relations with the soon-to-be-independent Government of Southern Sudan to protect its current interests and develop new ones. The formation of a new state is a rare opportunity for Taiwan to win a new diplomatic ally, but such an alliance is unlikely.

All roads lead to Beijing -Africa-Asia Confidential (GBR)
31/04/2011
Chinese construction companies are not just carrying out Beijing-backed projects, they are also winning contracts from international donors. The first phases of telecommunications projects funded by China Export-Import Bank are under way.

Michael Gerson on “China’s Aid Invasion” -China in Africa: The Real Story
30/04/2011
While less hyperbolic than columns on China’s “aid” by Freedom House and others over the past few years, Gerson nevertheless falls into some of the same pits: the double standard; and the mixing up of aid and business.

China’s African investments: Who benefits? -The Washington Post (USA)
28/04/2011
It is difficult to argue that shiny new buildings are more urgent development priorities than, say, fighting malaria or providing a daily meal to children in rural schools. But the Chinese don’t even pretend this is the case. These highly visible investments, increasingly unavoidable across Africa, are designed to buy influence with governments.