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Coverage this week continued to focus on Zambia where the battle over people’s perception of the China partnership continues. The government have made a number of statements this week praising the role of China in bringing about economic development and creating jobs. An overall figure of $1bn was quoted for […]

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News blog: 20/04/2010

Another week of many stories with FOCAC again churning out a huge number of articles about various meetings of Chinese and African dignitaries, and the nice things they have to say about the mutual relationship. You may detect a hint of cynicism. Since the last FOCAC meeting in Sharm-el-Sheik last […]

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News blog: 06/04/2010

Another busy week of news on the China Africa front, most of all from FOCAC who have published a number of interesting articles this week regarding various new projects and efforts. The most interesting was its pledge to increase value added imports from South Africa. On major criticism of China’s role on […]

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Plan C

Round 2: China and India back in for Ghana’s Oil.  A new spate of takeovers shows that West African oil is still a top priority for Asian powers. Moves for Kosmos, Tullow and Addax are all on the cards as India and especially China look to expand and deepen their […]

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China the Mediator

The ICC warrant for Omar al-Bashir has put China in an awkward position between the international community and its staunch oil ally. In July of last year, the ICC’s energetic prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo brought 10 charges against the current President of Sudan, Omar al-Bashir. They included: three counts of genocide […]

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Ghana in the balance

Volatile commodity markets and a change of government create uncertainty in Ghana’s relationship with China. A fourth round of democratic elections in Ghana, and another predominantly peaceful change over of power represent another step forward for the nation’s much admired democracy. Nevertheless behind this veneer of success, an inexperienced new […]

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Wearing Thin

China’s relationship with Nigeria has faced a battering in recent weeks and new policies will be needed. In the past month popular protest and federal government criticism have dogged Chinese projects in Nigeria, with questions being raised over Beijing’s wider conduct in the country. Nigeria’s once buoyant textile industry, laid […]