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China Says South Sudan Oil May Flow

As China and South Sudan work to rebuild the latter’s infrastructure through a $2.5 Billion grant to build new universities, China’s Africa envoy, Zhong Jianhua, says South Sudan’s oil may flow by November. This claim comes...

China’s Sudan Opportunity

While there have been major disputes between Sudan and South Sudan since long before the latter’s formation in July of 2011, China has tried hard to maintain a favorable relationship with both states. China, who has major...

Chinese Foreign Minister Visits Sudans

Chinese Foreign Minister Yang Jiechi is visiting both Sudan and the newly independent South Sudan, marking the first high-level visit from Beijing since the latter’s secession last month. From the BBC: China has been a...

China’s Sinopec Offers $7.22 Billion for Oil Firm

The New York Times reports: The giant Chinese oil company Sinopec has made a $7.22 billion takeover bid for the international oil and gas exploration company Addax Petroleum, the companies announced Wednesday. The takeover would...

China’s Thirst for Oil

From The International Crisis Group: China’s need for energy is growing faster than any other country’s. Record economic growth results in demand that outstrips domestic supply, leading Beijing to look outward to ensure growth...

Government Plans to Find oil, Mineral Reserves

China’s hunger for energy has driven its exploration in Africa since last year. In the meantime China starts to dig its own land for oil and metal, from China Daily: The search is on for domestic reserves of key resources,...

China Selling Oil Equipment to Africa

With China’s ever growing investments in Africa’s infrastructure and its rising dependence on the continent’s resources, Chinese companies are now entering the African market to sell their oil equipment. China...

China’s Oil Offensive Strikes: Horn of Africa and Beyond – Andrew Mcgregor

From China Brief ( Volume 7, Issue 16): In its efforts to expel an Islamist government and capture a handful of inactive al-Qaeda suspects in Somalia, the United States has risked its political reputation in the region through a series of unpopular measures. These include backing an unsuccessful attempt by warlords to take over the […]

African Choices – Godwin Nnanna

On China Dialogue, Nigerian journalist Godwin Nnanna writes about prospects for Chinese corporations in Africa in light of the recent attack on Chinese oil workers in Ethiopia: China’s rise in the continent’s energy sector has been astronomical in scale. In the last five years, the Chinese presence in Africa has gone from insignificant outpost to […]

Chinese Workers Freed in Ethiopia – BBC

From BBC News: Seven Chinese oil workers kidnapped by rebels in Ethiopia have been released and handed to the Red Cross, Red Cross officials and the rebels said. Two Ethiopian oil worker were also released, an Ogaden National Liberation Front spokesman said, adding all were in good health. The men were seized during a rebel […]

China is facing backlash in Africa – Financial Times

A follow-up on the attack on Chinese oil workers in Ethiopia last week, from Financial Times (via gulfnews.com): Last week’s attack on an oil exploration site in eastern Ethiopia in which nine Chinese were killed and at least five more taken hostage, was the single deadliest incident involving the Chinese in Africa to date. At […]

Oil Workers’ Deaths a Wake-Up Call for Globalizing China – Edward Cody

From the Washington Post: The killings of nine Chinese oilmen in Ethiopia’s desolate Ogaden Desert have provided a bloody reminder that China’s worldwide pursuit of raw materials has taken it into some rough neighborhoods where goodwill proclamations may not be enough to avoid getting caught up in local conflicts. Exposure to the military and political […]

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