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Iron clad: mining partnerships with Chinese firms in West Africa
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Iron clad: mining partnerships with Chinese firms in West Africa

Partnerships between Chinese and western firms in West Africa could prove beneficial for companies and host governments, but only if the partners are a good fit In recent years there has been an increasing trend of western multinational companies turning to Chinese partners to seek investment. This is particularly evident in the […]

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News round-up: 07 September 2013 to 13 September 2013

Why China is making a big play to control Africa’s media – Globe and Mail (CAN) CAN comment: This article quotes journalists who previously worked for Chinese state owned CCTV news in Africa who claim that they were encouraged to: report positively on China; to ignore countries such as Swaziland that have […]

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News round-up: 30 August 2013 to 06 September 2013

Going Private – China Daily (CHN) CAN comment: Increasingly its not state-owned but private Chinese companies which are investing in Africa. For the moment many of these companies are motivated by opening new markets above all else. However as one entrepreneur points out lower labour costs are also attractive meaning importing […]

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News round-up: 20 August 2013 to 29 August 2013

Nigeria’s crude export faces further threat as US penetrates China – Business Day (NGA) CAN comment: Possibly the most significant development in the Sino-Africa relationship in recent years is the news that the USA is now exporting oil to China, and therefore will no longer be competing as a customer […]

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News round-up: 27 July 2013 to 03 August 2013

Africa’s Big Brother Lives in Beijing – Foreign Policy (USA) CAN comment: This article highlights the apparent risk that African countries have taken by allowing Chinese telecoms provider Huawei to build their communications infrastructure. The article posits that the Chinese government will be able to use in built ‘back doors’ to snoop […]

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News round-up: 13 July 2013 to 19 July 2013

Chinese maze: Uganda’s procurement mess threatens East African rail project – Africa Review CAN Comment: East Africa’s regional integration project includes rail and pipeline projects, identity cards and customs union, but the rail project being managed from Uganda has run into confusion. Four Chinese construction firms are in competition for the […]

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News round-up: 22 June 2013 to 28 June 2013

Obama in Africa: In for business or tailing China? – The Africa Report CAN comment: The big story last week was certainly President Obama’s visit to Africa, and unsurprisingly much of the coverage focused on competition with China. As this article rightly points out, Obama came to Africa with a legion […]

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News round-up: 8 June 2013 to 21 June 2013

  Ghana Gold Mines Suggest Larger Crisis for China – Ghana web (GHN) CAN comment: The controversy over the Chinese small scale miners detained in Ghana has continued over the last few weeks as Chinese web users have reacted angrily calling for reprisals from the government. This nationalistic response sees a reasoned […]

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News round-up: 30 May 2013 to 7 June 2013

Ghana agrees to release detained Chinese miners – FT (GBR) CAN comment: The detainment of over 100 illegal Chinese gold miners in Ghana this week has caused controversy. Chinese immigrants taking on low-skilled work such as artisanal mining or market trading are very unpopular in Ghana, due to the perception they […]

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Weekly news update: 11/04/2013 to 17/05/2013

Top Stories:   Xi touts opportunity for co-op with Africa – China Daily (CHN) CAN comment: Mozambique is one of the fastest growing economies in Africa and has huge potential to grow further due to significant gas and coal reserves in the country. While major Chinese and multinational companies are competing for a […]