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29/11/2011 to 05/12/2011

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 Bui hydro-electric dam near completion – Ghana Web (GHA)

 Forget China, invest in Africa says Russia’s Renaissance – Reuters

 Trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries exceeds US$96 billion in first ten months of 2011 – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)

 China to help Zambia rehabilitate the Tazara line and link it to Angola – Lusaka Times (ZMB)

 Sudan denies halting South Sudan oil exports as China condemns move – Sudan Tribune (SUD)

 Interview: Africa hails China’s tariff policy – World Daily News

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Fire still raging at Cape Town docks – News 24 (ZAF)
03/12/11
A Chinese trawler was still on fire in the Cape Town docks in the late afternoon on Saturday, the city’s disaster management said.

China, EAC in investment deal – The Monitor (UGA)
03/12/11
China has entered into an agreement with the East African Community (EAC) on economy, trade, investment and technical co-operation.

China slams West’s news distortion on Zimbabwe – The Herald (ZWE)
03/12/11
China yesterday slammed the West for monopolising the media industry saying it was causing a distortion in the coverage of affairs in developing countries.

Bui hydro-electric dam near completion – Ghana Web (GHA)
03/12/11
Mr Jabesh Amissah-Arthur, Chief Executive Officer of the Bui Power Authority (BPA), has announced that the first power production of the dam will be in October 2012. Mr Amissah-Arthur made the announcement when the Chinese Ambassador, Mr Jianzhong Gong and his wife Mrs Wang Xiuyu Gong visited the dam site at Bui on Thursday.

Govt gets $5m facility from China for Abuja light rail – The Guardian (NGA)
02/12/11
The Federal Government plans to obtain a soft loan of about $5 million (N80 billion) from the Chinese Government to complete the Abuja light rail project.

Zim/China diamond auction gets underway – SW Radio Africa (ZWE)
02/12/11
An auction of Zimbabwe’s Chiadzwa diamonds got underway on Friday, amid ongoing concerns that the proceeds might be used to fund repression.

China assists Africa with food security – People’s Daily (CHN)
02/12/11
China and Africa share a long history and profound tradition in agricultural cooperation. Traditional aid-based agricultural cooperation has played an important role in the development of friendly economic and trade relations between China and African countries.

Chinese ambassador presents letter of credence to AU chief – Xinhua (CHN)
02/12/11
Xie Xiaoyan, the newly appointed Chinese ambassador to Ethiopia and the African Union (AU) on Friday presented his letter of credence to Jean Ping, chairperson of the AU Commission (AUC) at his office in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Botswana, China vow deeper cooperation in education, science, culture – Xinhua (CHN)
02/12/11
Botswana Vice President Mompati Merafhe met with visiting Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong here on Thursday, with both sides vowing to expand exchanges in the fields of education, science and culture.

Govt congratulates China Radio – The Herald (ZWE)
02/12/11
Government yesterday congratulated China Radio International on its 70th anniversary saying the global media institution was playing a pivotal role in enhancing understanding between people of other countries and China.
CRI was founded on December 3, 1941.

Controversy Trails FG’s U.S.$470 Million CCTV Project – Leadership (NGA)
02/12/11
Controversy is brewing over the implementation of the $470 million National Public Security Communication System (NPSCS) by Chinese firm ZTE Corporation.

Forget China, invest in Africa says Russia’s Renaissance – Reuters
02/12/11
Investors should forget China and park their money in sub-Saharan Africa if they wish to benefit from the growth in emerging markets, the chief investment officer at Russia’s Renaissance Asset Managers said on Friday.

Trade between China and Portuguese-speaking countries exceeds US$96 billion in first ten months of 2011 – Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
02/12/11
Trade between China and the eight Portuguese-speaking countries from January to October totalled US$96.34 billion, a rise of 28.33 percent according to official figures from China’s Customs Bureau published in Macau.

Blair highlights China’s role in aid for Africa – The Namibian (NAM)
01/12/11
Former British prime minister Tony Blair urged world aid donors yesterday to work more closely with China in Africa, stressing Beijing’s increasingly dominant role in the continent.

Nigeria and the Quest for Communications Satellite – This Day (NGA)
1/12/11
With the planned launch of Nigeria’s communications replacement satellite called NigComSat-1R from China on December 19, 2011,  by the Nigerian Communications Satellite Limited (NigComSat), Emma Okonji examines why the first satellite that was launched in 2007 failed in orbit, the renewed efforts for a successful launch of another satellite and its economic benefits.

FG deports 25 illegal Chinese – Vanguard (NGA)
01/12/11
Federal Government has deported 25 Chinese from the country as it emerged that 300,000 foreigners living in Nigeria were registered by the Nigerian Immigration Service

Zimbabwean experts applaud Chinese trade assistance – Xinhua (CHN)
01/12/11
The Chinese government’s decision to reduce tariffs on imports from least developed countries (LDCs) with diplomatic relations with it is an important gesture which will ensure that Africa plays a bigger role in international trade, an analyst has said.

Namibian president meets Chinese state councilor on friendly ties – Xinhua (CHN)
01/12/11
Namibian President Hifikepunye Pohamba on Wednesday met with visiting Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong, hailing the development of friendly ties between the two countries.

China to help Zambia rehabilitate the Tazara line and link it to Angola – Lusaka Times (ZMB)
01/12/11
China says it will help Zambia rehabilitate the Tanzania-Zambia Railway line and link it to Angola. This will enable Zambia to have a direct passage from the Atlantic Ocean to the Indian Ocean.

Creative Destruction: Chinese Competition and the Rebirth of Ethiopia’s Shoe Industry – Deborah Brautigam’s blog
30/11/11
Around 2001, Ethiopia’s shoe industry was severely hit by competition from cheap Chinese imports. Omar Redi of Fortune (Addis) reports on the shoe industry’s remarkable recovery over the past decade. Originally serving only the local market, Ethiopian companies like Peacock are now exporting to Italy. “The industry,” Redi says, “has survived the onslaught from Chinese competition and prospered.”

European Union and China compete for development of Ethiopia – Ambassador David Shinn’s blog
30/11/11
The Centre for Chinese Studies at Stellenbosch University in South Africa published in November a paper titled “Competing for Development? The European Union and China in Ethiopia.”

China Pledges U.S.$2.3 Million in Military Assistance – Radio Netherlands Worldwide (NED)
30/11/11
China pledged more than $2.3 million in military assistance to Uganda during a high-profile visit to Kampala by Beijing’s defence minister, a spokesman for the Ugandan army said Wednesday.

Chinese Company Takes Over Cameroon’s Mbalam Iron Ore Project – Cameroon Today (CMR)
30/11/11
The Mbalam Iron Ore project located some 300 km from Cameroon’s capital city, Yaounde in South East of the country, has been taken over by the Chinese Hanlong (Africa) Mining Investment Limited, the majority shareholder in CAMIRON’s mother company, Australian-based Sundance Resources Limited.

China eyes Uganda rail and roadworks – The Monitor (UGA)
30/11/11
President Yoweri Museveni yesterday held brief talks at State House Entebbe, with China’s Defence Minister Gen. Liang Gaunglie and his delegation that is on a five day state visit to Uganda.

China seeks more economic ties with Nigeria, others – The Guardian (NGA)
30/11/11
China, the second biggest economy in the world, is seeking stronger ties with Nigeria and other African countries in the areas of infrastructure provision and construction, among various other businesses.

China, Africa trade volume to hit 150 billion – People’s Daily (CHN)
30/11/11
Trade volume between China and Africa in 2011 is expected to exceed 150 billion U.S. dollars. On Nov. 28, the Second China-Africa Industrial Cooperation and Development Forum was held in Beijing.

China to continue sending naval escort squads to Somali waters – Xinhua (CHN)
30/11/11
China will continue to dispatch naval escort squads to the Gulf of Aden and Somali waters, a Defense Ministry spokesman said Wednesday.

China loans Kenya Sh16.9bn to build Southern by-pass – Business Daily (KEN)
30/11/11
State-owned Exim Bank of China signed a Sh16.9 billion loan agreement to finance construction of the southern by-pass road project, adding to the long list of Chinese funded projects.

Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong Holds Talks with Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia – FOCAC
30/11/11
On November 29, 2011, Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong who was visiting Namibia held talks with Deputy Prime Minister of Namibia Marco Hausiku in Windhoek.

Is Africa important to meeting China’s growing food demand? – Afronline
30/11/11
Africa will in the next decade increasingly play an important role in China’s long-term food security agenda as demand for food in the world’s most populous nation threatens to outstrip its supply, according to Standard Bank research analysts Simon Freemantle and Jeremy Stevens.

China and Africa: Thirst to Understand Each Other – China Africa Magazine
29/11/11
A cursory look at this title will certainly bring up the question below. Since the 1950s, China and African countries have sealed their strong friendship through shared struggles for national liberation and independence. Their relations, having been built on political mutual trust, has since shifted to economic and trade cooperation in the 1980s, expanded to comprehensive cooperation in core areas of political, economic, cultural and educational cooperation in the 1990s, and advanced to the establishment of Forum on China-Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) in 2000 as a permanent and strategic platform to strengthen exchanges and cooperation. Does it mean China and Africa still do not understand each other well enough?

Sudan denies halting South Sudan oil exports as China condemns move – Sudan Tribune (SUD)
29/11/11
The Sudanese government on Tuesday appeared to reverse a decision it announced yesterday by which oil exports from South Sudan passing through the north’s pipelines would come to a halt.

China in Africa podcast: China’s old friend in Africa edition – China Africa Project
29/11/11
Episode 2 of the China in Africa podcast: we begin in Ethiopia where the Chinese recently closed a 100 million dollars water supply loan while. Cobus and Eric discuss how this type of project differs from the engagement offered by the United States in the country. Then, we delve into the complexities of China’s relations with Zimbabwe and why it alone chooses to stand by Robert Mugabe. Finally, in honor of the November 28 elections in the DRC, we conclude with a discussion on China’s increasingly important ties to the DR Congo.

Chinese company completes road project in Ethiopia – Xinhua (CHN)
29/11/11
Chinese company Sinohydro on Monday completed a road-upgrading project, the Assela-Dodola junction, about 220 km south of Addis Ababa, capital city of Ethiopia.

Uganda, China seek more ties to fight terror – The Monitor (UGA)
29/11/11
China’s Defence Minister Gen. Liang Guanglie yesterday held talks with Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi to discuss relations between the two countries, especially, on defence and Uganda’s contribution to the war on terror.

China expected to have investments in Africa private equity funds – Xinhua (CHN)
29/11/11
China is seen as a latecomer in investing in Africa through the private equity funds, a strategy successfully used by sovereign wealth funds of countries like France and Germany that enables them to benefit from diversified investment returns in the continent.

How Brazil benefited from China’s growing appetite for meat, and why Africa can too – How We Made it in Africa
29/11/11
Africa can benefit from expected rising Chinese demand for agricultural commodities, much in the same way that Brazil did.

Al Jazeera’s Africa Investigates exposes illegal Chinese gold mining in Ghana – Ghana Web (GHA)
29/11/11
In Wednesday’s episode of Africa Investigates, Ghana’s legendary undercover reporter Anas Aremeyaw Anas exposes illegal Chinese alluvial gold mining in Ghana.

KK relishes Zambia-China bond – ZNBC (ZMB)
29/11/11
First Republican President Kenneth Kaunda says the China -Zambia friendship is one of great importance, based on principle.

President Museveni Receives Chinese Defence Minister – Uganda Media Center (UGA)
29/11/11
President Yoweri Museveni has commended the prevailing good relations between Uganda and China.
The President made these remarks today when he received a visiting Chinese delegation, led by the Minister of National Defence and State Councillor, General Liang Gaunglie. The meeting took place at State House, Entebbe.

30 Journalists Leave for China – The Herald (ZWE)
29/11/11
Thirty journalists from different local media houses will tomorrow leave for China to attend a 20-day training seminar organised under the Forum on China-Africa Co-operation.

Ethiopia benefits from China’s tariff policy – Walta Info (ETH)
28/11/11
China-Africa Overseas Leather Factory in Ethiopia said on Sunday it is significantly benefited from the tariff-free policy of China for least developed countries (LDCs) that are exporting to China.

China-Africa friendship association has new council – Xinhua (CHN)
28/11/11
Chinese-African People’s Friendship Association (CAPFA) on Monday established its 5th council with Abdul’ahat Abdulrixit re-elected the chairman of the organization.

Chinese state councilor to visit three African nations – Chinese Government (CHN)
28/11/11
Chinese State Councilor Liu Yandong left Beijing Sunday for an official visit to Namibia, Botswana and Cameroon. Liu was invited by the governments of the three African nations respectively to visit, said a statement of the Foreign Ministry.

Leather processing factory in Ethiopia benefited from tariff-free policy of China – Xinhua (ETH)
28/11/11
China-Africa Overseas Leather Factory in Ethiopia said on Sunday it is significantly benefited from the tariff-free policy of China for least developed countries (LDCs) that are exporting to China.

China-Africa friendship association has new council – Xinhua (CHN)
28/11/11
Chinese-African People’s Friendship Association (CAPFA) on Monday established its 5th council with Abdul’ahat Abdulrixit re-elected the chairman of the organization.

Zambia applauds China tariff decision – Global Times (CHN)
28/11/11
The private sector in Zambia has commended China over its decision to grant zero-tariff status to some of the least developed countries, saying it would increase trade opportunities for Zambians.

Interview: Africa hails China’s tariff policy – World Daily News
28/11/11
Africa regards highly the decision by China to exempt custom duties on products from the continent, local economists said in a recent interview.

Chinese, Epangelo team up for Husab – The Namibian (NAM)
28/11/11
State-Owned China Guangdong Nuclear Power Company (CGNPC) and Namibian state-owned Epangelo Mining Company have entered into an agreement to try and secure a ten per cent stake in Husab, the fourth biggest uranium deposit in the world.

Special Envoy of the Chinese Government on African Affairs Liu Guijin Meets with Special Envoy of South Sudan’s President and South Sudan’s Minister of Humanitarian Affairs and Disaster Management Lual – FOCAC
28/11/11
On November 25, 2011, Liu Guijin, special envoy of the Chinese government on African affairs, met with a delegation headed by Joseph Lual Acuil, special envoy of South Sudan’s president and South Sudan’s minister of humanitarian affairs and disaster management. Both sides exchanged views on the situation in South Sudan and Sudan and other issues of common concern.

Have the likes of Ophir Energy got Somaliland over a barrel? – Somaliland Press (SOM)
28/11/11
Anyone taking even so much of a scintilla of interest into commercial activity across Africa will recognize there has been a sea change in attitude towards business of late. China to its credit has proved that for all the challenges that exist, purposeful relationships can be formed and a sound case made for investment for the medium to long term.

South Africa re-opens rare earth mines – Global Post
27/11/11
Closed mines being refurbished so China does not hold monopoly on rare earths.

China, EAC in new $500m trade, investment deal – The East African (KEN)
27/11/11
China has entered into an agreement with the East African Community on economy, trade, investment and technical co-operation.

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