Weekly news

29/12/2010 to 05/01/2011

China challenged over Sudan referendum -Asia Times (CHN)
As South Sudan’s referendum on independence on January 9 draws nearer, the international community is preparing for the possible division of Sudan into two independent states.

Chinese uranium mine in Niger starts trials -Esi Africa (ZAF) 
China National Nuclear Corporation ‒ the nation’s largest builder of nuclear reactors ‒ has started trial operations at its first overseas mine producing the nuclear fuel ‒ the Azelik uranium mine in Niger.

China to send observers for South Sudan referendum -The Hindu (IND)
China says it is sending a delegation to southern Sudan to observe an independence referendum.


S. Africa adds new momentum to BRIC mechanism -FOCAC (CHN)
South Africa’s entry into BRIC at the end of 2010, without doubt, would promote the group’s prominence in the world and boost cooperation among emerging economies, analysts and media said.

Chinese road builder warned over delays -IPP Media (TNZ)
Sinohydro Ltd., a Chinese company constructing the 65.1-kilometre-long Singida-Katesh road to tarmac level has been directed to complete the work according to the terms of the contract or else it should forget about being given construction jobs in the future.

Guaranteed success in Africa -Jornal de Angola (AGO)
China believes that its technology for fourth generation (4G) will be a worldwide success, especially in expanding markets in Africa and Latin America.

We Need Chinese Democracy In Ghana -Ghana Web (GHN)
Let’s be wise and learn from the Chinese. The Chinese don’t subscribe to the notion of multipartyism, no. They have one political party in which a person’s brilliance and expertise earn him/her a vote and a seat in parliament. Chinese democracy in action.

US Far Outstrips China in Arms Sales to Dictators -South China Morning Post (CHN)
When it comes to arming autocrats in Africa, upstart China is no match for the United States, a study of arms exports finds.

Chinese prostitutes resist rescue from Africa -Africa News (NED)
The Chinese government has said its efforts to rescue prostitutes prying their trade on the African continent are proving hard.

China-Africa trade set to keep on booming in 2011 -BBC (GBR)
It has been a bumper year for commerce between China and Africa.

What will Uganda be like in 2011? -Daily Monitor (UGA)
Forecasting future events and trends is not difficult if one knows the basics. Human nature, with all its unchanging traits, is the constant in human affairs. Timothy Kalyegira predicts what this year has in store for Ugandans. Including a bit on China’s influence on the nation.

Handover Ceremony Held for China-aided Hospital in Ghana -FOCAC (CHN)
The handover ceremony was held for the China-aided project of Ghana General Hospital on December 21, 2010 in a jubilant, triumphant and warm manner.

Embassy in Lesotho Held Seminar on China-Africa Cooperation Forum -FOCAC (CHN)
The Chinese embassy in Lesotho held a seminar on December 21, 2010, to commemorate the tenth anniversary of China-Africa Cooperation Forum.

Miner gets death sentence for murdering Chinese boss -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
The Lusaka High Court has slapped a death penalty on a Lusaka Man after he was found guilty of murdering a Chinese boss at Collum Coal Mine in Chongwe district.

Uvuvi House not yet handed over to govt -IPP Media (TNZ)
The Chinese contractor who pleaded with the government for a one month extension to hand over Uvuvi House building, has yet to deliver, a government official said yesterday.

Mali wins $210 mln infrastructure loan from China -Reuters
West African cotton producer Mali has secured 103.2 billion CFA francs in loans from China to finance road, bridge and telecoms projects, the government said.

Chinese Gift to Mozambique Armed Forces -Club of Mozambique (MOZ)
The Mozambican and Chinese authorities signed on Tuesday, in Beijing a protocol of military assistance for the Mozambique Armed Forces (FADM) worth 20 million Chinese yuan (about 3 million US dollars) for the year 2011.

South Africa’s accession to BRIC good for emerging economies: China -FOCAC (CHN)
China on Tuesday said South Africa’s accession to the BRIC, which currently includes Brazil, Russia, India and China, will boost cooperation between emerging economies.

KATH to send doctors for post-graduate training in China -Ghana Web (GHN)
The Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumas= i would as from next year send some of its doctors and other para-medical staff to China for post-graduate training under a special exchange programme.

Embrace Chinese investment, urges Prof. Saasa -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
Lusaka Economist Oliver Saasa says Zambia should be proud and applaud major investments that China has continued to undertake in various fields of the country’s economy.

Zesco,TBA China sign $334m deal -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
ZESCO Limited has signed an agreement with TBA of China valued at US$334 million to extend the 330 kilovolt (kV) power line from Pensulo in Serenje to increase capacity supplied to Northern and Eastern provinces.

Review weak trade policy with China – Economist -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
Zambian economist Kelvin Kamayoyo has urged the government to review its weak trade policy particularly on exports of raw materials to China and avoid exposing the country’s trade weaknesses.

Give miners permanent jobs – Labour minister -Lusaka Times (ZMB)
GOVERNMENT has directed China Non-ferrous Metal Company Luanshya Copper Mine (CLM) to consider giving permanent jobs to all casual workers who have worked for more than six months at the mine.

North Cape rare earth mine gets China fillup -Business Day (ZAF)
Previously a large producer of vital rare earths, South African could become important as China slashes its export quotas of the minerals used throughout the high tech industry

China to fund $900m projects in Nigeria -FOCAC (CHN)
Nigeria says it has secured a $900 million loan from China to boost infrastructure in Africa’s most populous country, the Associated Press reported Friday.

China-Africa Economic and Trade Cooperation White Paper -China in Africa: The Real Story  
For anyone who has been following these issues closely, there is little new in the paper, which serves as a progress report on trade, investment, and aid. The report does contain two new pieces of data from the notoriously untransparent Chinese government

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