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China’s non-interference mantra was corroborated by Nigerian President Umaru Musa Yar’Adua today, as he called for African solutions to African problems. Despite exhaustive attention form western political organs and media outlets, Yar’Adua states that the only welcome deliberation on theZimbabwe and DR Congo crises, is that of the African Union (AU) […]

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He Wenping at SOAS

At SOAS last night, He Wenping a professor at the Chinese academy of social sciences offered a revealing lecture on the makeup and functionality of Chinese aid. She broke down the Chinese approach into two distinct periods, pre and post Deng Xiaoping reforms. She said that since the late 1970s […]

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After focusing yesterday on criticism in Nigerian media of China’s role on the continent, there was evidence today of the positives that China is able to bring to the continent, and the equal relationship it attempts to foster. Chinese sources have remained silent on the Congo situation while they have taken criticism from within Africa […]

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Chinese influence in Nigeria has experienced a recent slew of criticism, regarding the dumping of cheap and fake goods in the marketplace, and dodgy infrastructure for oil deals with the Obasanjo regime. The $8.3bn dollar railway investment deal which was the centerpiece of Sino-Nigerian cooperation has fallen apart in recent […]

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Chabal & Daloz’s instrumentalisation of disorder seems the chief explanation of conflict in the DRC. The extractive structures put in place by colonial powers, then extended and internalized under Mobutu have lead to a hollow state whose President Joseph Kabila (the son of Laurent- Désiré Kabila who enjoyed the support of […]

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News on the Chinese hostage situation in Sudan seems to have further muddied the waters as the BBC reports that one of the two missing Chinese oil workers in Sudan has been found. Reports on the 30th of October suggested that there was now only one hostage held captive, after four […]

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27/10/2008 to 31/10/2008

Profit plunges at China’s Chalco- Business Day (RSA) 27/10/2008 Aluminium Corporation of China (Chalco), the country’s largest producer, said third-quarter earnings slumped 93% as metal prices dropped and slowing economic growth hurt demand. Full Story.   China power producer posts $63m loss- Business Day (RSA) 27/10/2008 Datang International Power Generation, the biggest Chinese power […]

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News of conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo dominates today, as fighting intensifies cultivating yet more misery in the troubled central African state. As yet international comment has been limited to fellow African countries that have condemned the fighting. There has been increasing Chinese interest in mineral rich DRC […]

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Confusion in the news over Chinese hostages killed in Sudan appears to have been cleared up as it has been revealed that four hostages were killed, rather than the five originally stated. Of the original nine, it is believed that one is still being held while 4 escaped with injuries of varying […]

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After the hostage killings in Sudan yesterday, news has been brighter forBeijing on the African continent today. Business dominates with news that Business Unity South Africa has called for an expansion of relations withChina, including further Chinese investment in South Africa. The Industrial and Commercial Bank of China’s acquisition of Standard Bank remains the only […]