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28/07/2012 03/08/2012

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 What Kenya stands to gain from trade with the Chinese – Business Daily (KEN)

 China-Africa Press Exchange Centre On Cards – Daily News (TZA)

 JK highlights challenges to agricultural development – IPP Media (TZA)

 SA’s China trade interest at stake – The New Age (ZAF)

 China’s plans for Africa shifting to sustainability – Irish Times (IRE)

 Clinton says Africa must live up to democratic promise – Business Daily (KEN)

Politics                                                                                                                 

Clinton says Africa must live up to democratic promise – Business Daily (KEN)
02/08/2012
U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton urged Africa on Wednesday to recommit to democracy, declaring the “old ways of governing” can no longer work on a continent boasting healthy economic growth and an increasingly empowered citizenry.

China-Africa Relationship in the New Era: Touchstone of China’s Rise – FOCAC
01/08/2012
“The development of Sino-African relations in the new era is a touchstone of whether China has become a real power. It is also a test of China’s own progressiveness. “The Fifth Ministerial Meeting of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) will be held from July 19th to 20th in Beijing.

Looking Forward to A Step Up for China-Africa Cooperation (International Forum) – FOCAC
01/08/2012
Since the launch of the Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC)in 2000, and especially since the Beijing Summit in 2006, China-Africa cooperation has made great headway in various areas, especially in trade, with expanding fields and ever more diversified channels of cooperation. The fruitful results of cooperation are recognized worldwide.

China and Mozambique – Amb. David Shinn
01/08/2012
I was asked to make a presentation in Washington on 30 July 2012 on relations between China and Mozambique. China supported the struggle by FRELIMO and COREMO to remove Portuguese colonialism and subsequently built on those early strong ties. The relationship is now strong but has encountered some challenges.

Clinton to boost ties with Africa – China Daily (CHN)
01/08/2012
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton departs this week on a trip that will take her both to Africa’s newest nation, South Sudan, and on a visit to the continent’s elder statesman, 94-year-old anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela.

Clinton Africa Trip Seen as Move to Counter Chinese Influence – Voice of America (USA)
31/07/2012
US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is scheduled to meet Senegal President Macky Sall Wednesday at the state of her six-nation Africa visit. American University professor Emilio Viano said one of the objectives of Clinton’s visit is to compete with the growing influence of China in Africa.

Terror, China top Clinton’s agenda in Africa tour – Fox News (USA)
31/07/2012
Growing security threats from Islamist militants and China’s increasing influence throughout Africa are topping the agenda as U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton begins an 11-day swing around the continent.

The Key Pillars of China, Africa Partnership – The Star (KEN)
26/07/2012
The Fourth Ministerial Conference of FOCAC in 2009, saw the Chinese government announce eight new measures (the New Eight), to support the development of Africa in the subsequent three years. Of the eight, six of these measures are about economic cooperation and trade, covering a dozen areas. Thanks to the concerted efforts of the two sides, these measures have been implemented effectively over the past two years.

Tensions at China-Africa summit – World Socialist
27/07/2012
The Chinese leadership held its latest summit with African countries last week, attended by six heads of state and ministers from 50 countries. In a bid to boost its influence across the continent, China agreed to provide $US20 billion in credit, doubling the amount it offered at the previous Forum on China-Africa Cooperation three years ago.

Africa must anchor the Sino-African dialogue on good governance – The Namibian (NAM)
27/07/2012
African leaders flocked en masse last week to Beijing to attend what has arguably become one of the biggest events in the international affairs calendar – the Forum For China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) which held its Fifth Ministerial Meeting in Beijing on July 19-20. As trade with China reached a staggering $160 billion in 2011, China has now become Africa’s largest trade partner, displacing a number of western countries, including the United Kingdom, France, Germany and the US.

People’s Voice At China-Africa Forum – Daily News (TZA)
26/07/2012
I recently returned from Suzhou in China, a city about two hours drive on a six lane highway from Shanghai. I had gone there at the invitation of the China NGO Network for International Exchanges to attend the 2nd China-Africa Forum. The 1st Forum of its kind was held a year ago in Nairobi, Kenya.

Agriculture                                                                                                           

Africa Focus: Sino-Africa poverty reduction forum opens in Tanzania with focus on agriculture modernization – FOCAC
30/07/2012
The third Sino-Africa forum on poverty reduction and development started here on Saturday with a focus on promoting agricultural modernization as a way of lifting millions of people out of poverty.

Agriculture Can Rid Africa of Poverty – President Kikwete – Tanzania Daily News (TZA)
29/07/2012
President Jakaya Kikwete has reiterated the government’s commitment to increase agricultural production which is the most effective activities to rid the nation out of poverty.

JK highlights challenges to agricultural development – IPP Media (TZA)
29/07/2012
President Jakaya Kikwete has said lack of money is still a major hindrance to the development of agriculture in most African countries south of the Sahara.

Finance and Banking                                                                                           

First yuan bonds to African banks – China Daily (CHN)
31/07/2012
African central banks were given access to yuan-denominated bonds for the first time after a large Chinese lender allocated them a purchase quota of three-year bonds, an important development in the yuan’s wider use globally.

China opens a new line of credit worth US$20 million dollars for Africa  – The People (SYC)
27/07/2012
Foreign Affairs Minister Jean-Paul Adam returned home after attending the 5th Ministerial Conference of FOCAC (Forum of China-Africa Cooperation) with pleasant news for the local business society.

Trade                                                                                                                    

Big promises abroad, more worries at home – Africa-Asia Confidential
01/08/2012
In July, the International Monetary Fund and World Bank cut growth estimates for China and its African trading partners. The IMF forecast that China’s gross domestic product would grow by 8% in 2012, rising to 8.5% in 2013

SA’s China trade interest at stake – The New Age (ZAF)
01/08/2012
We hear a great deal about China and Africa, but what about China in its own neighbourhood? We need to take notice of some of what is happening there as it could affect our vital interests with China, which is both a co-member of Brics and a major trading partner.

How Africa Could Benefit More From Asia Through Trade – The New Times (RWA)
30/07/2012
While East Africans in their enlarged community are striving to improve on their fortunes, there are more opportunities for South-South trade and commerce that could herald interesting times for Africa. There are two countries in Asia that have emerged as economic giants whether we like it or not.

Standard Chartered Supports Trade and Investment Linkage Between China and Africa – Awareness Times (SLE)
30/07/2012
Standard Chartered Bank having a very long history and presence in both China and Africa, supports the trade and investment linkage that is existing between both regions. This was disclosed by the Chairman of the Board of Standard Chartered Bank, Mr. Alex Kamara, at a press briefing held at CEMMAT Office on Friday 27th July 2012.

China deepening aid and trade ties with Africa –  Japan Times (JPN)
28/07/2012
Having overtaken the United States as Africa’s biggest trading partner two years ago, China is continuing to cement its relationship with the continent, with President Hu Jintao pledging $20 billion in loans over the next three years at a meeting in Beijing attended by leaders from 50 African countries.

What Kenya stands to gain from trade with the Chinese – Business Daily (KEN)
26/07/2012
The just-ended Fifth Ministerial Conference of the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation (FOCAC) was held in Beijing. Being the first in the second decade of this century, the conference served as a major link between the past and future in developing China-Africa relations.

Africa in China                                                                                                     

South African rondawels in China – The Citizen (ZAF)
30/07/2012
A new premier eco-resort valued at 250m Chinese yuan opened by South African Grant Horsfield near Shanghai has swept up eight awards and with coverage in publications such as Time magazine and Vogue it is fast becoming the most sought-after retreat for wealthy Chinese.

Defence                                                                                                                

China, Rwanda pledge to strengthen defence cooperation – FOCAC
01/08/2012
China and Rwanda, yesterday, during celebrations to mark the 85th Anniversary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), pledged to strengthen defence cooperation.

Govt, China Pledge to Strengthen Defence Cooperation – The New Times (SLE)
29/07/2012
China and Rwanda, yesterday, during celebrations to mark the 85th Anniverssary of the founding of the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA), pledged to strengthen defence cooperation.

Environment                                                                                                         

China’s plans for Africa shifting to sustainability – Irish Times (IRE)
31/07/2012
For most people outside China and Africa, relations between the emerging Asian giant and the developing continent seem to consist largely of footballers taking a big payout at a tycoon-run Chinese soccer club.

Media                                                                                                                   

China-Africa Press Exchange Centre On Cards – Daily News (TZA)
26/07/2012
China has promised to set up a “China-Africa Press Exchange Centre” in Beijing soon.  The centre is expected to encourage exchanges and visits between Chinese and African media houses. The decision will enable some journalists from Africa to spend some specified time in China, covering issues related to economy and development issues.

Society                                                                                                                 

Health: SA ranks lowest of Brics members – News24 (ZAF)
30/07/2012
Johannesburg – South Africa fares worse on health than the residents of any other Brics country, Health Minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Monday.

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